Today I sat down and planned our food out. It's printed out and currently hanging on our fridge. Then I wrote a list and went to the store and purchased all that food.
All that took from 9:30 until 1:30. And also about $250. Gah!
But, it's worth it for the feeling I have when I look at a fully stocked fridge full of food that promises to be delicious. As I was checking out the lady behind me noticed a box of pop tarts to the side of the register and asked, "These aren't yours are they?" To which I shrugged and said, "No." Then she said, "They didn't look like they belonged with the rest of the food you had there."
I thought that was funny because I'm not opposed to pop tarts every now and then. I didn't want them today and whats more the part of the food that was left was all produce, baby lettuces, avocados, onions. She didn't see the four boxes of mac n cheese (one of the few things I can count on Lee to actually eat) or the hot dogs (a favorite of Greg).
Often I wonder if I'm really feeding my children and my body the right things. I hope I am. I don't consider myself an extreme of healthy living or eating, but I'm certainly not buying boxed dinners every night. I've never done a fad diet, but I've also never had frozen dinners nightly either.
And for me, for this family, for us maybe that's the key. Middle of the road. Sometimes cookies are eaten instead of apples. But so long as my kids know what asparagus, and turnips, and celery are I think I've done my part.
Now ask me that tonight when I have a young boy that throws my dinner on the ground instead of even trying one bite and you might get a different answer.