…my blogger friends gave to me: The permission to Eat
There are countless voices vying for our attention, saying “eat this, not that” and their advice is constantly changing. Instead of adding to the noise, we’ll keep it sweet and simple: Eat more God food than man food. That is all. You’re welcome.
No, really. Don’t get caught up in all the hype – the rules and regulations regarding nutrition. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop before you get too full. Eat food for fuel, not as a reward or punishment. Enjoy the food you eat. Eat slowly enough so you can taste what you’re eating. Eat more fresh food than processed food. Listen to your body and eat food that brings you health and life, not the stuff that steals it.
What is one change you want to make to your diet in the new year? I want to eat out less and prepare more meals at home.
I’ve been back at work for three weeks now. Of those three weeks, we have had grandparents from California (two different sets) for all of four or five days. Which means that dinner has been prepared for us one way or another for most of the last five weeks. It’s been great, but we’re not slated to have house guests again until late October. As our leftovers have been dwindling, reality has been setting in. I’ve got to start cooking again. But the idea of cooking now that I’m back at work seemed daunting and completely overwhelming. So I did what any working mom of three would do – I scoured the Interweb (yes, another Jon Acuff reference) for ideas.
Before getting pregnant with the Floyd Twins, I was eating clean – at least 80/20. But the combo of exhaustion + hunger = anything goes diet has rewired my taste buds, and not for the better. As a nursing mom of twins I still need to eat about 3,000 calories a day and what seems like a ridiculous amount of protein. So, rather than trying to go super clean, I’m focusing on eating more real food in the most convenient way possible.
So after doing a search for “frozen to crock pot paleo meals” I found the Paleo Made Simple site. I decided to prepare 6 of the 7 freezer to crock pot meals (no one in our house is a fan of stuffed peppers). I have no clue if they’re going to be any good, but so far I’m sold on the process. With the help of my seven year old son, Minifleeze, I prepped SIX MEALS in under 2 hours. I cleared the counter after every meal bag so by the end there was very little clean up needed.
We’re having a meal each day this week and hopefully there will be enough leftovers for me to take to work for lunch. I’ll report back with everyone’s thoughts.
Do you have any good freezer to crock pot recipes or resources?