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Tips for a Busy Life

Beyond Diet members use the Share section of the site not only to talk about their weight loss successes, but also to let others know what cooking methods are working for them and how their families are doing with this new way of eating, among other things. One BD member in particular, Jenny, has done a great job of merging the Beyond Diet lifestyle with her busy life as a working mom. She is proof that you can make it work, no matter how busy you are!

Working second shift (2pm-10:30pm) or twelve-hour shifts (6am-6:30pm) with a family of two teenagers and a husband doesn't leave me time to cook dinner every night. It also isn't a lifestyle that leaves me with a full day in the kitchen, so I don't "batch cook" in the traditional sense (and I don't have the patience to spend an entire day cooking anyway...2-3 hours is my max).

Here's how I make Beyond Diet work for my busy life...

Breakfast

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I can only eat eggs in small amounts, so we all pretty much scavenge for what we like. I always have SWG english muffins available for an easy breakfast. My teens are huge bagel and cereal fans (they are not completely on BD), but I always have SWG english muffins in the house. I usually have steel cut oats for breakfast - I make a big batch one morning and keep them in the fridge; then I just reheat and eat the oats with some nuts and dried fruit. On the weekends I make a big batch of cottage cheese pancakes and just reheat the rest.

Lunch & Dinner

Woman Cooking

What I've adapted to in the last year is this: on the days I am off (usually 3-4 evenings/week) we have a sit down family meal. I try to make at least one new and different food or recipe each week. Some of these experiments have been huge flops and some have turned into frequent meals! There are so many great and relatively easy ideas out there, both on the Beyond Diet site and all over the Internet. What amazes me is I now can call myself a cook. Before I found BD, I was a food assembler and hated being in the kitchen. What I soon realized is cooking and eating real food can be a pleasure.

Typically, these family meals entail about 2-3 times more food than we can eat, which means there are plenty of leftovers for lunches and dinners for the following days when life is too busy.

Here's an example of what our dinner menu looks like for the week:

  • 3 pounds of grilled chicken thighs in a honey/tamari glaze with a huge batch of grilled peppers/tomatoes/onions marinated in oil and vinegar
  • 2 pounds of stuffed tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes and a salad
  • 2 pounds of Shrimp Scampi with brown rice pasta and maple glazed carrots
  • 3 pounds of chuck roast in the crock pot (busy day) with root veggies

If the fridge is running low on the days I am working, I usually will make a big batch of soup, chili, pot roast, or ribs in the crock pot so dinner is ready when the kids and my husband (who doesn't cook) get home. Then I usually freeze half the leftover chili or soup to use in the next few weeks when life gets even busier.

There are days when leftovers just won't work for lunch (or there aren't any available because my husband loved last night's dinner so much that HE took the leftovers!), so I also boil 2 pounds of chicken breast once a week so I have a staple meat in the fridge for salads at work.

This lifestyle is doable, it just takes a little time, a little organization, and a little planning.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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