Slimmerkiwi nailed it, it is about planning and being organized. Having young children eats up so much of your time and energy that good planning becomes your best friend. I make a pot or two of soup every week, it can be a snack, lunch or expanded to be part of your dinner. Stew, chilies, curries are great meals to be made in larger quantities to be portioned and frozen. I like to make enough porridge for a couple of days and I triple a batch of buckwheat/pumpkin pancakes and freeze for breakfasts and lunches. It takes only a few minutes longer to make a triple batch and I am good for days. Put nut butter or jam between two pancakes and put them in the kids lunches, they love them! Spread peanut butter on a half dozen whole grain wraps and roll up a banana and slice into finger size bites. Great for lunches or after school snacks. I take mine to eat after I work out at the gym. Spend a half hour a week and slice up 4-5 red peppers, carrots, celery etc. and put in bags to eat with humus for lunch. I buy bags of fresh snow peas and create a mix of veggies to dip and I use recycled baby food jars or any small container to portion humus or yogurt dips. Make a giant fruit salad to use for a couple of days, top with a spoonful of greek yogurt. Boil a dozen eggs each week, so many ways to ensure you have nutritious and easy food choices when you are strapped for time. Planning will help you stay on track and free up your time for other things. I don't have little ones any more but I do similar planning to keep my home/work/play time manageable and to help me stay on track. If I am overwhelmed or in a hurry it is easy to grab something I will regret later. Smoothies work in a pinch but they take more effort for what they are worth. They can taste good but I can feel a bit bloated after drinking one and then hungry two hours later. They just don't work for me.
Edited by: FLORADITA at: 3/30/2014 (23:55)
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I don't see that there is any need to eat different foods to that of your family, UNLESS your family is eating a lot of processed food overloaded with unhealthy fats, sugars, and sodium.
IF your family are eating unwisely, too, then perhaps it is time to gradually alter EVERYONE's diet so that you are all eating the same healthy, home-made meals, AND in good portion control. Remember a serving of most things is a hand or fist - an adult's serving size is THEIR hand/fist and a child's serving size is based on that child's hand/fist.
Include good lean protein and non-processed carbs and healthy fats at each meal, and include small, healthy and filling snacks.
it all boils down to planning, especially when you are busy. Use some free time to plan your meals, or at least the base of your meals; bulk cook them and freeze in single serve containers. Make casseroles and soups like this, extending them with pulses and veges - even a healthy pizza can work this way.
I don't find a smoothie filling - they are fine for a snack, but they seem to be digested a lot more quickly. I guess it is because part of the digestion process has been removed, as in no chewing and the body doesn't break down those pieces. When time is short for breakfast, I find a cut up banana, a small pot of yoghurt and heaped dessertspoon of Almond Meal to be quite filling and very balanced.
What is the issue with eating the same things your family eats, in smaller portions? (Not trying to be obnoxious, just trying to get at what your challenges are.)
Personally -- though I have only one child and not four! -- that's pretty much what I did, that plus vastly, vastly reduce the amount of junk food I was eating and somewhat increase the amount of vegetables. I've never counted calories, but I did and do have a lot of other "rules" for myself to keep portions consistent, keep mindless snacking to a bare minimum, and so on. I did experience some discomfort from hunger in the first few weeks due to the size of the calorie reduction I'd taken upon myself, but 1. I was expecting it, 2. by the time I might have lost willpower due to it I was feeling fine and on a roll, and 3. in retrospect I probably could have done as well with a smaller calorie reduction (at least at first) and just taken a bit longer to lose the weight.
I am a mother of four (9, 7, 4, 2). I have a heck of a time planning my food for the day. I know what I should eat and my family eats well but, the truth is they do not eat like I need to eat to lose weight. The only thing I have found that really works for me is to eat two protein veggie smoothies for bfast and lunch and eat a normal (with reason) dinner with everyone. I have found this super effective for weigh tloss and if I do it for a week I can do it for several weeks at a time. The hard part is that it takes loads of concentration and will power to stick to it. Sometimes a veggie smoothie with protein powder just does not cut it. I am not a calorie counter (strict anyway) and I don't do low fat foods only. Just looking for something that may have worked for someone that did require such will power.
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