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3 Essential Tips to Stop Food Allergy Dinnertime Stress
Do you feel uninspired and burnt out from cooking for your family every single night? Do you need a little push to get going and then when it doesn’t happen you just end up making the same thing over again? Do you want a little variety, but suffer from new brand anxiety?
I see you working hard to feed your family with food allergies, but sometimes we just want a break from all the extra tasks that food allergies require like reading labels and cooking everything from scratch.
If this is you, it’s time to get off that hamster wheel. Read on to find out why It doesn’t have to be this hard!
Tip 1: Meal Plan
First of all, imagine what it would be like to only think about dinners once a week or even once a month (instead of EVERY.SINGLE.DAY). You have everything planned and ready to go and you’re confident you don’t need anything extra from the store. What would you do with all that extra time you used to spend stressing about what to make? Would you be able enjoy your family more? Would THEY notice that you’re funner to be around?
To get this huge boost of freedom, try meal planning.
I know many of you have tried it, or even use it regularly; but are you doing it in a way that you can RE-USE your hard work? Are you planning for more than just ONE week at a time and then starting over again? If you’re not already meal planning, make sure you start with a system that’s going to allow you to work once and benefit MANY times. If you already meal plan, then make sure your system doesn’t cause you to get burnt out and tired because it’s inefficient.
Good meal planning systems help you keep going, even when it’s hard. Don’t get stuck with a system where you plan week-by-week without being able to reuse your work.
Tip 2: Stop the Recipe Search
I know what you’re thinking, if I don’t every search for new recipes, how will I survive food boredom? I know what you’re saying, but there are ways to decrease this task substantially so your saving time WITHOUT sacrificing variety.
Imagine that you always had safe and delicious recipes at your fingertips. No matter WHAT day of the week it was, you have something that you could whip up. You wouldn’t need to spend your precious weekend hours looking up new recipes or desperately searching Pinterest or Google for something to make at the last minute.
This is possible!!
By grouping your recipes and re-using them in a strategic way you can always have something delicious and easy to make. Not only that, but you can save a WHOLE long weekend per year JUST by getting rid of the constant recipe search.
It takes a little bit of time to organize your recipes this way, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that food allergy moms aren’t afraid of a bit of work (especially if they know it will pay off in the long run). It’s important though that our work is efficient and will benefit us in the long run so we don’t get burnt out.
Tip 3: No More Labels
I know food allergy moms are label reading ninjas, but nobody can argue that it isn’t time consuming and overwhelming at times.
Now imagine that this hugely time consuming task was taken off of your “To Do” list.
Yes, we can read a label like nobody’s business, BUT, that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t use our hard-to-come-by time doing other important things. And what happens when we want to try something new; but EVERY single product seems to have our little’s allergen. It’s a ticket straight to frustrationville!! Get rid of this time-sucking task once and for all.
What if you never had to worry whether you can trust a company’s labels or suffer from new-brand anxiety. Read on to find out how!
I know there’s no way around reading labels to make sure the pre-made products are safe for our kids; but what if you weren’t shopping for pre-made products??
How about cooking with whole, unprocessed foods that don’t even require a label, or have no more than one thing on the list? You can accomplish this by staying to the edge of the grocery store and not going to the interior at all. How freeing would it be to pick up every single thing in the produce department and know that you could make it into a delicious meal without even thinking about what’s in it?? Not only that, but cooking whole foods are way less expensive, healthier, and can be even more fresh and delicious than the pre-made allergy-friendly meals.
Wouldn’t it be nice to feed your family healthy and delicious food, without the extra pressures of food allergies?
I know this seems like a tall task, but implementing the tips above will help you have more time to spend with your family. You’ll be able to worry less and feed your family better so they’re healthier. You will save money so you can get out of debt or even book a massage once and awhile. Imagine feeling happier and having your kids notice that you’re funner to be around.
This is completely possible and you can do it!
If you struggle with any of these tips, or you want encouragement and support to get them done every day, I’m running a free masterclass in the next few weeks where I’ll teach you all of these things. It’s called:
How to create food allergy safe, healthy & delicious meals without spending hours in the kitchen, getting repetitive, OR constantly stressing.
Which one of these tips will you implement today? Start small with one thing to get things moving in the right direction. Then, let me know how they helped you.