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My friend Kelley is doing a really neat link up where bloggers share what a week of groceries looks like for their family. We currently have seven people in our family, two adults and five children ages 11, 7, 6, 4, and 2. We are slowly working at getting more and more whole foods in our diet. I used to be really good about avoiding packaged and processed foods. But being pregnant consistently for 5 years made me desperate for any kind of help and relief from things like cooking. Five years is a long time to develop a habit and then try to break it. So, we're getting there!
Yesterday I made a dinner menu. Our breakfasts and lunches remain pretty consistent though they need to be replaced with more homemade options. So here's what it looks like this week.
Bagels, instant oatmeal, eggs and toast, pancakes, french toast
Chicken nuggets, ham sandwiches, beef hot dogs, mac n cheese (boxed, unfortunately)
Monday: Spaghetti, salad, and rolls Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Salad, rolls, roasted peppers Wednesday: Rosemary roasted whole chicken, cous cous, veggie Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn or green beans, rolls or biscuits Friday: BBQ Chicken Breast, brown rice, veggie, rolls
Hard cheese Sliced fruit Sliced veggies Crackers
I have a membership to Plan to Eat and absolutely love it. It allows me put in all my recipes and import new recipes I find through websites super easy. Then, I just click the recipes I want to add to my menu and wallah! It also creates my grocery list for me based on the items on my menu that week. Out of all the menu planning tools I have come across, so far this has been the best one for me!
You can try a month for free and see how you like it. I personally think it is worth every penny because it saves me SO much stress and time.
Here are some things I'd like to rid our diet of based on this picture of things we normally buy:
Right now we are working to reduce our refined sugar intake. The thought of cold turkey elimination is overwhelming, so we're taking it a step at a time. When you're accustomed and your body is accustomed to eating a certain way, it is very difficult to change. Not impossible, but difficult none the less. Your body will rebel in ways and crave more until it has adjusted to the new way of eating. So it can definitely be a battle.
This is why I'm reading Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst. It helps me face some reality and turn my craving toward God and run to Him rather then food. There is so much wrapped up in food! Comfort and satisfaction. I don't want to be addicted to certain kinds of food. Planning helps me to avoid buying the wrong kinds of foods. If I don't have them in the house, I'm less likely to run to them.
In order to break a bad habit or addiction, it needs to be starved out. (No, do not starve yourself! Just your addiction! Eat something healthy in place of the craving if you're hungry or need a snack to munch).
Eating healthy also helps my energy levels and my mentality. I can think more clearly and am a lot less grumpy. You'd be surprised at all the ill effects refined sugar and a lack of vitamins has on a body!
I won't get into that here, but the goal of this post is to share the reality of what we eat in a week and why I want to change some things. It was also to show a bit of my menu planning, which I have struggled with so much up until I got the membership to Plan to Eat.
What do you use to menu plan?