My schedule this week has been really, really hellish. Very little cooking was done and no meal planning. I didn’t make any new recipes though I did order & receive this:
- It is important for families to eat together as much as possible. Turn off the TV, come in from outside, put down the computer & sit at the table to eat. We make an effort to do this as often as possible. Normally it is at least 5 days our of the 7 day week. We also always eat breakfast together on the weekends. My stepkids have mentioned that they love our tradition of eating breakfast together.
- Don’t make food the focus of your life. I mean this in two ways….don’t eat everything in sight but also don’t deprive yourself to the extent that food is all you think about. Yes, food is wonderful & I love to eat BUT I also make sure to keep everything in balance. I would love to be thinner but I know that would take a focus that would lead to an obsession around food for me. It’s just not worth it to me.
- Remember that everything is okay in moderation. Sugar is not evil and neither is fat. Making cookies for your kids is not a bad thing & it won’t make them fat! I make treats for my family all the time. I try to make them healthier by using whole wheat flour, agave nectar, etc but I still make them. I don’t want Evan growing up without sweets so that the first time he goes to a friend’s house he eats everything in sight!
- Invite friends over for dinner instead of always going out to eat. Nothing is more satisfying (to me at least) than having friends over to share a meal. It doesn’t have to be fancy….we often barbeque steaks, burgers, etc. It is much more intimate and usually much less expensive. Plus you can bring the kids & everyone can spend time together as a family.
Also just in….One of my favorite blogs, Sweetnicks, has a recipe posted for homemade fruit rollups. Yum!