If you’re being honest with yourself, do you miss eating more home cooked meals like you did growing up? Do you remember when comfort foods also made you feel good? You know the Sunday dinner of roast, potatoes and carrots. Has life gotten too busy and more meals are coming from the drive-thru line than you’d like? It’s time to get out of the drive-thru line and back in your own kitchen- cooking and eating more real food!
“I’m Too Busy To Cook”
Everyone’s busy. I get it. It’s only been a few months since I still had a high schooler at home. I remember the days of getting three girls to their after school activities and trying to figure out when and what dinner would be.
Some days I dreaded the question what’s for dinner? And especially the response when I answered was something they didn’t love. Ugh!
Getting Out of the Habit
It’s easier to drive by Chic-Fil-A and pick something up for everyone. No planning and no griping. (Don’t get me wrong… I love the occasional Chic- Fil- A treat. When the drive-thru employees recognize you, you might be going too often.)
There is a hidden cost if this becomes more and more of a habit.
- You get out of the habit of cooking.
- You get out of the habit of slowing down and enjoying the meal.
- You get out of the habit of sharing your day with those that you love.
- You forget how good a home cooked meal tastes.
This food also slowly takes a toll on your health and I’m not just talking your waistline. A diet high in processed food has been linked to many health problems including autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression, diabetes, obesity, digestive disorders, and even cancer. Check out this article on how processed food affects our health.
Your Health is Worth the Work
Meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking take a little work, but I think you and your family are worth it! Cutting out processed food can make a big difference in how you feel, how you sleep, how you think, and how much energy you have.
Take back control of your health by knowing what you’re eating! Start reading nutrition labels. Hint-the ingredients matter a lot more than the calorie count does.
Cooking doesn’t need a lot of steps. Simple recipes are my favorite!
- Roast vegetables with coconut oil and your favorite seasonings at 400° for about 30 minutes.
- Spend a little extra on higher quality meat- grass fed, organic, pasture raised. We order our meat from Butcher Box.
- Eat more veggies! Food God made is better for you than food man made.
- Use the crockpot for easy meals ready when you are.
- Prep meals on the weekend.
It’s time to get back to real whole foods. Take it one meal at a time. Start making home cooked meals the regular and the drive thru as an occasional treat.
Fall Recipe Guide
To get you started, I’ve prepared some simple fall recipes that are easy to prepare in my new eBook. It also includes some fun conversation starters to reconnect at the dinner table. Check it out here.
Here’s one of the recipes in the eBook.