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How to Keep Meal Time Simple, Your Family Happy, and Your Weight Loss Goals In Check

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Am I the only one who’s ever stared down 5 o’clock without the faintest idea of what I was going to feed my family for dinner?

I would be just fine with a big salad, but there’s no way anyone else would let that pass for dinner, and what they would allow to pass for dinner would most certainly not fall into the healthy eating category that I was trying my darndest to stick to. 

I found myself in this predicament more times than I’d care to admit, and almost always, their version of dinner won out because honestly, it just wasn’t worth the fight.

So I was left either scrambling to throw something together for them AND something different for myself, and usually eating alone because my dinner got done around the same time they were all finishing up...

Or just eating what they’re eating and feeling completely defeated because it did not serve me and the goals I was after--even a little bit. 

Ever been there?

It’s a junk place to be…

And I got so sick of finding myself there, I decided that meal time was changing at my house once and for all.

I also decided that there is absolutely no reason that mealtime needs to look different for my family than it does for me. We all need to eat healthy, nutritious food whether we all like it or not. 

No, I’m not forcing them to eat grilled chicken and kale, I just started serving more family style meals. Meaning, I typically serve meat, a potato or rice, and a veggie or salad. 

This allows everyone to take what they want, and leave the rest. The food I prepare is all whole food and allows me to stick to my goals, yet it’s not viewed as weird diet food by my family--because it’s not.

It’s steak and air fryer potatoes with a side salad.

It’s baked chicken thighs with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans.

It’s pork chops with rice and corn, and also a salad because corn doesn’t fit my criteria for a suitable vegetable. 

You get my point, right?

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be all carrot sticks and celery stalks. There is a super simple way to do it, and you can find out how, right here.

Before you roll your eyes and assume dinner time is lame around my house (I mean, sometimes it kind of is, but I know I can’t have it all, and eating well is more of a priority than serving exciting dinners every night--it’s way easier, too) you have to know that pizza happens here too. So do tacos, and spaghetti.

It’s called balance.

And I know it’s there for you to find too!