Oh my goodness have I got a whopper of a fabulous idea for you. It’s so ridiculously simple, it may seem strange, but the freedom, oh the freedom!
Now I know that lots of folks would likely scoff at this idea when paired with frugality but hear me out. Life in my part of the earth has become complicated, difficult, and it’s hard to simply make it through each day. With the always present question “What’s our next meal” going through my head it felt crushing. The thought of scouring through the sales ads, finding awesome new recipes that my whole family would love (which is no easy task) then finally going to the store brought me to my knees.
If you feel as if all you’re doing in the menu planning department of managing food allergies is treading water, I suggest trying this simple solution out.
Want to know what it is?
Plan out one full week with meals your family likes to eat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then repeat.
Yes, just one week! Then repeat.
When this happens folks it’s time to massively simplify. This is not a forever solution for us, it’s just a for-right-now-solution to help me keep my head above water and keep my family well fed even when Momma doesn’t feel her best.
The same rotation of meals, the same grocery list, knowing exactly what’s coming and what needs to happen may seem repulsive to you. It certainly was to me not so long ago. Right now though, right now at this point it’s freeing.
It’s like a massive weight has been lifted off my chest and I can actually physically breathe better.
Now for us this means two different meal plans; one that’s for Steve, the boys, and me and then one for sweet Maya bug. It may mean two plans for you as well. Trust me though, in the interest of protecting our own sanity, this is worth a shot.
So what do you think? Do you think this may be a viable solution for you? Share what you think in the comments below!