The message we get from the food and restaurant industry is that it's just too hard to cook and feed your family nutritious meals, these responsibilities should be handed over to the experts. You've been eating since the day you were born, I would now call you an expert. You just may need to learn some new methods. Don't get me wrong, there is some delicious food on the shelves, but it's often loaded with sugar, or other very unknown ingredients.
I'm here to encourage you, you can do this! It takes a little planning, and a little time. "Little time" is the key phrase there, good meals don't have to take forever, or have a million ingredients. I have two little ones constantly under my feet, needing milk, or wanting to show me something. There is no time for laborious meals here (ain't nobody got time for that!)
When I'm looking for recipes, I try to keep my meals to 30 minutes. Now, that's not always a hard, and fast rule. If I can prep something in 15 minutes, but it needs to cook for 45 minutes, fine. The active time prepping is what I try to keep to 30 minutes or less.
If you still don't think you can dedicate that kind of time, think about how long it takes to go pick up food from a fast food place and get back home. How much longer is cooking a meal at home going to take?
- Prep as much as you can the night before, the morning of, or during the day before dinner (chop, simmer, get the casserole in the pan, etc.)
- Make a dinner plan for the week
- Get your kids as active as they can (you had them, now put them to work)
- If you're eating out a lot, start by transitioning just one meal to a home cooked meal, and then next week, try two meals at home
Like I've said before, I may not know you, but I know someone loves you. They desperately want as many days with you as they can get, so start making changes today towards a healthier you. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say eating nutritious meals made them feel bad.
Go get 'em! You can do this!