I knew exactly what he meant about sticking to it though. I wasn’t what one would call “consistent”. As a working mother of two young boys and the wife of a shift worker, my life has been anything but routine…at the time I hadn’t found much success sticking to anything; between work, housework, cooking, homework, baseball, playdates, gardening, boy scouts, working out, volunteer work, and all the other things that seem to just appear on our family calendar…I did the best I could to manage my responsibilities in the little time I had left of my evenings and weekends. Before eMeals, my cooking consisted of meat loaf, spaghetti, chicken casserole, boxed meals and lots of eating out. I cooked spaghetti almost once a week. I wasn’t pleased with myself. I knew I could do better for my family, and I hoped eMeals was what I needed to get myself organized and motivated.
I continued on with Emeals, waiting for it to get cumbersome and for me to quit. But the months went by and I didn’t quit. Why? because it was EASY. It was EFFORTLESS in fact. My family loved the food. My husband loved the variety and I loved not having to think. Grocery shopping became a one-hour affair; in and out of the store and it required no shopping list prep whatsoever. At first it was a print off list which was great, but now, with the eMeals app, I always have my shopping list with me and ready to go, which is especially helpful when I decide to go grocery shopping at the last minute.
In the beginning, I kept things simple with a Classic Walmart Family Plan. By year two I decided to change things up and we switched to the Low-Fat meal plan. I felt like it was a healthy baby step in the right direction, while still keeping the food fairly “normal”. My husband was nervous about the switch, but it was seamless. The food was lower in fat and it still tasted great.
But these last two months of my eMeals journey has been the most exciting by far. This last year I’ve really been on a health kick. I switched to all whole wheat breads, pastas and rice. I’ve been growing my own food, I have backyard chickens for fresh eggs and I make my own sandplum jelly (if you haven’t tried it, you must). I just LOVE fresh, homemade, organic, earthy food. I’ve tried to cut preservatives and additives out of our diet as much as possible and I knew the next step was the eMeals Clean Eating Plan. It was the next logical step, but I was nervous about how my husband and kids would react to the food. I felt like I was jumping off a metaphorical meal-planning cliff. What if the food tasted horrible? What if my children began boycotting dinner because they hated it all? What if all the healthy clean-type food didn’t fill them up? I weighed the pros and cons and took the leap.
To sum it up, “Yep. I think I’m going to to stick with it.”
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