According to a new poll released this week by Harris Interactive, only 20% of people prepare meals 5 times a week. Healthy eating habits are no longer an ingrained value in our society. Eating processed foods has become an accepted part of our life, and the faster it takes to prepare our food the better.
The good news is that the same study concluded that 79% ENJOY cooking. So if that is the case why are healthy eating habits not a bigger part of our culture? Well if you are a stay at home mom, you know one reason why. Kids make you crazy and you are moving every minute of the day. If you are a working mom, you have your challenges all day long, get home at the end of the night and are expected to whip up dinner. I know it isn’t easy!
As a mommy myself, I know that none of us have a lot of extra time. With two babies under 3, taking a shower sometimes feels like a difficult feat; let alone thinking about “cooking from scratch.”
However one thing I have learned in my quest for having a healthy life is cooking from scratch is not as daunting as a task as it seems. The fact of the matter is, if you invest some time up front to learning how to cook and learning about healthy living, then you will save a lot of time on the other side, AND you and your entire family will be much healthier as a result.
However, there is NO better feeling than watching your family eat REAL, healthy food that is directly going to increase their quality of their life and improve their health.
Every time I try something new for the first time, it always seems to take longer than when I have done it a second, third time or ten times. This learning curve is true with cooking also.
I remember when I first started serving salads with EVERY dinner. I wasn’t used it. It seemed like such a challenge adding ONE MORE item to my list of things I needed to prepare; all between changing diapers, cleaning dishes, and taking care of my kids.
The good news is what I found was that after preparing salad for a week, I learned some systems that made it easier.
- For example, I learned to make a week’s worth of balsamic vinaigrette dressing that I had ready to go in the fridge, versus trying to make it every night.
- I started buying lettuce once a week, washing it all in the spinner and then having prewashed and ready to go each night. It literally took minutes to put the salad in.
My point being, because I was serving salad every night it was so much easier than if I did it once in awhile. My healthy eating habits changed for the better and it became easy to maintain!
In giving up being lazy, I have actually made things a lot easier for myself and my family is a lot healthier.
Cheers and good luck moms in having wonderful healthy eating habits for you and your family.