I’ve had a few conversations recently with people who have commented that it’s all too hard – changing the way they eat, think, act. Changing the way they live. This whole idea that I’ve been asking you to embrace, this concept of creating healthier habits in your daily life, is it just all too hard? Because sometimes I feel like it’s too hard.
Sometimes I get a bit shi…rty that it’s so damn hard. Really, when did creating healthy food for our families become Mt Everest? But in reality, on many days that’s exactly what it feels like. Oh I love the days when I make a nutritious breakfast, have beautiful left overs for lunch and a wonderful wholesome dinner (ahem BTW that rarely happens!). But what about the days when my daughter looks at her lunchbox and says ‘yuk, that’s disgusting, I’m not eating that, I told you I hate x, y, z’ (fill in the blanks, we’ve all been there), or when my son says on the way to school ‘by the way mum, I didn’t have anything for breakfast’ (and then I spend the rest of the day worrying that I didn’t pack enough recess or lunch to make up for the fact that he didn’t eat breakfast). Or perhaps it’s 30 minutes to dinner time and someone is rolling on the floor yelling ‘I’m hungry, do you care if I starve to death?, why won’t you get me anything to eat?’. And I feel like walking out the front door and down to pub for a quiet glass of wine or three (and make sure there are a bowl of fries with extra salt waiting there for me please).
‘Cause yeah, sometimes it’s all too damn hard. And on those days it’s OK.
So perhaps I’m writing this to reassure myself that I’m not a candidate for Worst Mother of the Year Award or perhaps I’m writing this to reassure you that feeding your family should not be a source of frustration or worry or stress for you. Or perhaps I’m writing this to answer a critic I had recently who told me that I portray a sense of perfection on my blog (am I allowed to use the f word?). Because my life is so far from perfect if perfect were a circle I’ve done a full lap and met it on the other side (you know the side where you feed your children frozen peas - still frozen - and rice for dinner).
But, what I really want to say to you is that NOOOOOO it’s not too hard. We CAN do this! And it doesn’t need to look pinterest perfect or blog worthy. Sometimes at dinner we laugh and say ‘well it’s not the nicest thing we’ve ever eaten but at least we’ve eaten something’. And I go to bed with a little bit of determination to make a better meal the next night!
So I’ve been working on some meal plans to help families through the week, just ideas, recipes and a guide as to how to make your life a bit easier when it comes to feeding your family. I’m really nervous to show them to you because, well, quite frankly, it’s bloody scary (sorry lots of expletives today). But I promise I’ll have them ready soon in case you are interested and feel that you would like someone to help ease that daily pressure that you might feel.
And in the meantime, I really encourage us all (me included) to try as much as possible to stick to eating whole foods as much as we can (give kids whole carrots to munch on while they wait for dinner – don’t even bother to cut them up, it fills their noisy mouths much better that way). Our physical health is important but our mental health is more important! I’m working on getting back to basics, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seeds and nuts and not worrying too much about anything else along the way. And I’m back to taking a probiotic which I find is helping loads with having healthy guts which definitely helps me feel better and make better choices.
On the days when it all feels too hard, do the minimum and be happy with that. And on the days that it feels like you can conquer Mt Everest, do some baking and prepare a meal or two and freeze them for those days when it really is all too hard. You’ll thank your Pinterest perfect self then!
If you have found something in this that has helped you or you think will help someone you know, I would love for you to share it. Check out my facebook page where I post recipes during the week. If you have any questions, queries or comments, I’d love for you to share them on this page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.