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Insane Schedule, Fussy Eaters and Healthy Diet Plan

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I'm so excited! I start as a Millwright Apprentice tomorrow, and scheduling so far is a 40-hour work week for two weeks. I've been advised and I know full well that the hours are merely suggestions and that there can be over time or cut time. I also know that this particular work is a 2-hour drive away, each way which will make for super long days. The pay will be fantastic, so that's not a concern, at least once it starts landing in my account!

I've been considering what I'll be eating as well as what my family will be eating. They'd be happy with Ramen noodles forever, but not me! There needs to be some nutrition consumed, too! Yes, Ramen noodles are fine on occasion and I like to dress them up with some veggies and sometimes even some meat, too.

I have today to get ready and two and a half bags of carrots to peel. Thankfully peeled carrots do last nicely for a couple of days anyway; that could get me through to the weekend.

I was thinking of ordering prepared meals from a company like Nutri-system - they would travel well and be super convenient for me and at least for my one son, here. I don't have $300 right away, so of course I'm back to the drawing board. My guys like very simple, plain foods, so they'll do fine with pasta, potatoes, rice and bread. I can do well with cans of tuna, or bean or rice salads. We're all good with raw or cooked veggies, but if I'm not here to prepare the food, they can and do forget to prepare veggies at all. They'll eat raw carrots if they're peeled and ready to eat! I may have to also turn to some convenient foods from time to time; baby carrots, granola bars, pudding cups... I already bought some to have ready. Also some mini pizzas are good. I can bake them ahead, refreeze them and they travel well that way and by the time I'm ready to eat them, they're thawed. I like cold pizza, so it's ok. For a treat, I may even stop occasionally for a veggie pizza to go. mmmmm I could pick one up after work and it would be enough for my supper that night and a meal or two the next day!

I'll make the healthiest options I can for the weekends and that can help boost through the week and even better if there's any left overs!

I should go for an extra shopping trip, too, for some bananas, apples, apple sauce (unsweetened), oranges - these are all favourites, here, too! I bought an extra bag of brown rice - something that definitely needs to be prepared on the weekends! I make a "fried" rice that seems to turn out better every time I make it and it disappears very quickly! :D I'll also have to revisit the Spark recipes for Breakfast cookies!!! :D
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    Yes, between hubby and I both having worked long days before, I know I'll be on the road or at work for all three daily meals, so the planning will be crucial or it will be Tim Hortons for three meals per day - and yes, I've been there, done that. Hooray for gift cards and a few healthy options that don't cost much - chicken salad wrap forever. LOL :)

    Thanks for all the well wishes, too! :D
    1824 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    So happy for you....although a 2 hour drive before and after work seems a bit much....but we do what we need to do. You food planning will be oh so important as you well know. If you work M-F that leaves S/S for shopping and cooking. I like the idea of making at least 3 meals on Sunday for the week. This could/would include your meals to travel with. Also protein type snacks to munch especially on the way home. I like nuts and string cheese, always carry them in my purse, just in case. A Box of granola bars in your vehicle also. Have a great week and let us know, when you can, how things are going. emoticon
    1825 days ago
    Great planning ahead - you might want to think about using your crockpot if you have one - even if you use it on weekends to make soups/stews or roast meats to help you get through the week. I have two crockpots and they save my life some days..
    1825 days ago
    Yay on the new job!!

    It sounds like you're really thinking ahead. I'm sure you'll find the balance that works for everyone. I put healthy casseroles together ahead of time, set my oven to turn on at the correct time and temperature, and then leave a note for my younger son as to when to pop the casserole into the oven. I come home to fully cooked meals!! And crock pots are a blessing as well!
    1825 days ago
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