Food goes out the window when you are mentally busy!! Help
January is what Christmas is to retailers for dietitians and as I get to the end of January I realised that my family meals had started to rely more heavily on frozen, ready foods. Still balanced with loads of veg and salady stuff. It was when I was sat eating veggie sausage rolls with peas that I thought what’s going on here! What was increasingly worrying was that we had all started to eat different foods and I hadn’t got the energy to manage it better. What’s going on here?? I have 2 teenage daughters that can cook and loads of knowledge, I’m I dietitian for god sake! This is how nutrition and eating healthy can soon go down-hill and new bad habits develop. First let me understand what is going on and what is needed here.
- I hadn’t planned the meals
- The meals we all wanted to eat the ingredients weren’t in the fridge.
- I hadn’t directed or discussed with the family meals AHEAD of time.
- When it came to meal times I was coming home (working longer hours than usual) and just giving in to the girls and their meal requests.
- The girls had also stopped eating healthy because they had no direction and where just as tired and hunger from managing the stuff that I would usually take care off.
How easily nutrition can be displaced when something else shifts the balance. That something can be anything guys a family member going into hospital, birth of a baby, a partner changing jobs.
Right let’s get this situation under control, there’s work here that needs to be done. Systems need to change, teamwork needs to come into play. So that we can all have the best nutrition, our needs and preferences met and be flexible enough to meet all our needs.
Saturday morning I called a family breakfast meeting before I went to work.
Here are the simple steps I took to turn this ship around and get it back on course:
15 Minute recipe
- Call a family meeting.
- Explain and raise their awareness to current situation. For us it was poor meal choices and time management and its impact on their performance and health.
- Scheduling. Get the family calendar (a beautiful one my youngest had made with all my photos on it) out and ask them to bring their diaries.
- Explain the problem and impact on health/nutrition/performance. I explained that with the shift in my hours, the impact on our diets and how we all love food and good healthy meals that I would need their help to manage this for all.
- Get the team on board by discussing the situation. Mine were hooked ( I love my family).
- Agree a solution. I suggested that each of us could decide the evening meal for one of the weekdays. They were all happy with that.
- Discuss implementation. We then develop a shopping list of ingredients from the schedule and weekday meal plan to make sure all the ingredients were available.
- Negotiate workload. I then asked who would be able to make each meal looking at our schedules.
- Develop the contract. We wrote it on the family calendar and then complied the shopping list for that week.
- Ensure the implementation complies with current systems. Hubby kindly with the little one does the weekly shop on a Saturday morning – list ready.
Stress of thinking about, shopping, and preparing of weeks meals gone, in all of 15 mins.
P.S. the fifth day was a coconscious of opinion day – Team work!
Let me know guys if you give this a go and whether it helped or not? Or if other things worked for you? Would love to hear from you. If you found this ‘recipe’ helpful please like, SHARE, comment. Bye for now x Dimple the dietitian with a difference.