Using the term "healthy eating" means opening a can of worms. It is too broad of a term, it means different things for different people; some dietary choices seem to be a fad and some have a medical reason. Then, there are many misconceptions about what really healthy eating means (just take a look at Pinterest!) and some would argue until they are blue in the face about their diet choices, but I digress.
Since the birth of my son, 21 months ago, I embarked myself in a learning journey about food, I have devoured many books, documentaries, and hundreds of online articles (just be careful of your sources). I have been on a better path to healthy eating and I am very proud of myself for what I have learned and applied when it comes to our food choices. However, due to my crazy schedule and lack of planning I have fallen victim to not-so-healthy choices a time or two. No more. I have no other option but to be diligent from now on; my momtuition tells me there is something going on with my son's health and despite the reassurance by our pediatrician that everything is OK I have decided to listen to my gut and try an elimination diet, if you will, to find the culprit. If I fail, and all is well, at least I'll know I tried.
So how on earth am I going to become organized about our meals when I have chronic crap!-what-am-I-making-for-dinner-itis?
Here is the plan:
- I will make a menu for the week, including snacks and lunches for my husband. This post by my friend, Dani, co-author of Fit Moms Full Plates was my resource on this topic, in it she tells you how to successfully plan your meals and shopping for the week.
- I will make a grocery shopping list of ONLY the items needed. No more food going to waste!
- I will keep my menu/recipes organized for the week. Since I have my phone permanently attached to my hand it only makes sense to keep my menu in electronic form. I have made a board on Pinterest titled "This week's menu planning" where I will keep all my recipes and/or ideas for the week and remove them at the end of the week when I am planning and adding for the following week. See my board here.
- Whole chicken and vegetables in a crock pot
- Pastelon, it is a plantain and ground beef "lasagna", need I say more?
- Almond flax bread
As a matter of personal choice I've decided not to expand of the actual health issues my son is having. What I can say is that we will be doing a trial of two weeks free or gluten and grains (I will however use pseudo-grains). First, as a matter or privacy, Secondly, because I am not a doctor and I don't intend to give medical advice here but merely share how I am tackling the task of putting a healthy meal on my families table, and that we can all relate to despite our dietary choices!
I'd love to hear from you, please tell me what works for you, or even better, share any gluten or grain free recipes that you love and if you are a blogger please add the link! I'd love to follow you!
Did you like this post? Please share it with others by clicking on the handy buttons below this post tittle or the ones below. Sign up to receive updates by subscribing to my RSS feed or by email. Are you on Facebook Twitter or Pinterest? So am I! Connect with me by clicking on the social media buttons on the top right corner!