Weeknight Family Meal Plan

Family meal plan

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M T W Th F
       
Meatless Mexican Basic Seafood Pizza
         
Quinoa
Stuffed
Peppers
Mexican
Rice +
Chicken
Grilled Cheese + Tomato
Soup
Shrimp
Alfredo
Naan
Bread
Pizza
         
Pasta Fish Tacos Mini
Meatloaf
Tuna
Cakes
Tortilla Pizza
         
Spaghetti
Casserole
Chicken
Tacos
Veggie Pasta
Salad
Salmon
Veggie
Wraps
Home
Pizza
         
Quinoa
Spinach
Salad
Tuscan
Salmon
Stir
Fry
Tuna
Melt
Quesadillas
Mini
Pizzas
       
Make ahead meals on Sunday when possible Include a veggie with every meal – even pizza Choose whole grain pasta Make your own whole wheat tortillas – so simple Make your own salad dressing

Snack Ideas

  • Celery + Nut Butter                                        
  • Apples + Nut Butter
  • Trail Mix
  • Energy Balls
  • Granola Bars
  • Carrots + Hummus
  • Blueberries
  • Banana Chips
  • Tangerines
  • Blue corn chips + Salsa or guacamole
  • Greek Yogurt + Honey + Cinnamon (my favorite)

Recipe Suggestions

  • Here is a link to my Breakfast Recipes, you’ll find them all very easy and kid friendly, if you happen to have a little chef in the house, they are all easy to make!
  • Check out 100 Days of Real Food Blog, she has a lot of great recipes all made with “Real Food,” including whole wheat pizza dough; whole wheat tortillas; Salad Dressing; Energy Balls.  She also has a great app called “Prepear” that you can use to plan your meals out – just an overall great resource!
  • Make a large batch of rice or quinoa on Sunday and use in your lunches and recipes throughout the week!

Things to Consider when buying:

  • Choose Nut Butter that is only Nuts + Salt (Kirkland Organic, from Costco is my choice)
  • When buying Greek Yogurt, choose plain and add a little honey + fruit for sweetness (Fage 2% is my favorite)
  • Choose a trail mix without chocolate, or make your own with almonds + Craisins + sunflower seed + pumpkin seeds, and a little granola
  • Check out Metronome Wellness for the list of dirty dozen + Clean 15 Produce
  • I purchase most of my meat from Butcher Box.  I love the quality, service, and selection.  They only sell only humanely raised meats, with the promise that the animals were never given hormones or antibiotics, so I can feel good about feeding it to my family.  I have been very please over the past few years.  A side note, I am not a fan of meat shopping, so to have it delivered, frozen, to my door is a win-win for me!
  • I love me some Costco & Trader Joe’s.  Both have a good variety of affordable, organic food. 
  • As much as I love fresh fruit and veggies, I must admit, I buy a lot of frozen, it’s nice to always have on hand and know that it’s going to keep.
  • When time allows, you can’t beat a good farmer’s market or roadside stand for the best local produce around!

How to Meal Plan for Busy Families

Feeding Your Family on Busy Nights

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Life’s busy! There’s no denying it.  What does your day look like?  Get up, get the kids off to school, and yourself off to work?  8-9 hours of watching the clock and thinking about the never-ending “to-do list” at home?  Never fully engaged at work because there’s so much to do after work.

Then, you finally get home by say 5:30, and one, or both, or all, of the kids have a game or practice that starts at 6:00, dinner is out of the question until the game is over, which makes it about 7:30 or 8 by the time the family has time to eat? At this point, all you can think about is a shower and getting everyone off to bed, forget about spending any time cooking! So, what do you do?  Microwave? Fast Food? Leftovers?  If this sounds familiar, I totally understand, been there, done ALL that!

Meal Planning Makes All the Difference!

It can be challenging at times. We all want our kids to be involved in sports and activities, and do what they love. Work and kid’s activities creates a lot of stress and mixed emotions for us moms.  I’m just a naturally anxious person, so when life gets hectic and feels out of control, I’m not well.  I need organization and a sense of control in my life. 

Write it Down

It literally takes 5 minutes some weeks for me to meal plan. I’ll grab a scrap piece of paper and write down Monday – Friday, and then assign a simple meal to each day. That way if I’m not home, my husband can at least start dinner if he is, but he’ll only do this if he knows what to cook.  Forget about him coming up with any ideas on his own, he’d rather just go grab something and be done with it. 

Not only is eating out expensive, but it’s hard to know exactly what goes into the food you’re family’s eating.  I find it’s also, much easier to overeat if you eat out.  Instead of listening to our bodies, there’s a slight guilt in not eating the food we just paid a little too much for. So just jot down your plan and stick it up on the refrigerator for everyone to see.

Suggestions for Quick, Easy Meals

I though I’d share a few meal ideas and suggestions that we use. Hopefully, you can implement a few of them into your own meal plan. 

  1. Salad in a bag + protein (tuna, chicken, bacon, almond slices, seeds)
  2. Crock pot meals (Here’s a site with some great, healthy ideas) I’m not the best at remembering to put something in the crock pot, among the hustle and bustle of the morning, but if you can put everything together in the fridge the night before, it makes your mornings go a bit more smooth.
  3. Deli sandwiches – this can be as simple or complicated as you want. Remember to use whole grain bread, choose lean, minimally processed, nitrate free meats, and add some veggies either on the sandwich or on the side.
  4. Tuna salad wrap or sandwich– Make ahead some tuna salad and have it ready to go. Again, make sure you are using a whole grain bread or tortilla for a good source of filling fiber and energy.
  5. Grilled Cheese or Grilled PB & J on whole grain bread with raw fruits and veggies
  6. Chipotle – I’m including this because it’s our go to. It’s surprisingly affordable for our family. My husband and I usually split a bowl, the kids get “kid’s meals” and we spend less the $20, we do this maybe once a week. It’s a healthy, quick, reliable meal that the whole family actually agrees on. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like making or cleaning anything. (Helpful tip: Keep the sour cream and cheese to a small portion and pass on the chips! If you don’t bring them home, you won’t eat them, that simple!)
  7. Pasta with your Favorite Sauce and Protein – Pasta is one of the quickest meals to make. I can have a batch of spaghetti ready in about 10 minutes. Remember to use whole grain pasta to fuel your little athletes!
  8. Chicken Nuggets or Tenders with a Veggie – Dare I even say it? Let’s face it, kids love chicken nuggets. As long as we’re feeding them good quality meat, we should feel just fine about feeding them something we know they like. (Just look for chicken raised without antibiotics or hormones, free range is even better, but more pricey).
  9. Frozen Cauliflower crust pizza – Kids like pizza, and popping a pizza in the oven while everyone’s getting around is pretty easy. The cauliflower crust has actually been a big hit at our house, and I feel pretty good about them eating pizza. (Costco carries a good one, and there’s also an “O’ That’s Good” Oprah brand we really like).
  10. Quesadillas – cheese, chicken, or tuna, and a veggie, they can be ready in about 10 minutes.

Whatever you need to do to provide your family with the nutrition that keeps them healthy and strong.  Keep fresh or frozen fruit and veggies always on hand for an easy side item. Make the main dish simple, with a little protein and fiber to fill them up and sustain their energy.

Planning is Key!

As I said earlier, write it all down. If you know you have a busy week ahead of you, plan the meals out ahead of time, even the trips to pick up dinner.  Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just nice not to have to do any dishes! 

Another trick that I’ve found that makes the meal planning easier in my house, is to assign a type of food to each night of the week.  For example, Mondays are Meatless, Tuesdays are Mexican, Wednesday are Basic, Thursdays are Seafood, and Fridays for pizza type items!

Here is an example of a meal plan I’ve used in the past.

Metronome Wellness Meal Plan

So, don’t stress Momma, you got this!  Keep it simple, remember the basics. Protein, Whole Grains (Fiber), and Fruits and Veggies. No one is perfect, life’s not perfect, you’re doing the best you can.  Just ask yourself is everyone happy and healthy? If the answers are yes – pat yourself on the back, you’re doing a GREAT job!!!

Budget Friendly Essential Oils

Budget Friendly Essential Oils

Are you interested in using essential oils, but feel overwhelmed about how to start? Well it’s easy and surprisingly budget friendly. I recommend starting with a bottle of lemon essential oil ($11 – wholesale or $14.67 retail!).

Using essential oils has become more and more popular as people are looking for non-toxic solutions to implement into their daily living. They’re great to have around, you can use them for everything from cleaning to cooking, to repelling insects!

Essential oils have been around for centuries. So there’s nothing new or mysterious about them. It’s just, modern science and today’s culture have shifted us away from using products found in nature. Fortunately, times are changing as we all learn about the harm that’s being done by the chemicals in our environment.

I have people ask me about essential oils all the time, and I love sharing what I know, and how we use them in our family.  There’re always questions about, how do you know that they work? Or why do they cost so much? Actually, you can create a nice little stash on a budget! Good quality oils are thought to be expensive, and yes, some of them are, but doTERRA has so many great oils that are actually very budget friendly, for less than $20 with a doTERRA wholesale membership!

I know that sounds intimidating, “Wholesale Membership!” Really it’s not. There’s no monthly purchase requirement, there’s just a small cost of $35 the first year and then $25 any year after. Unless, you purchase a kit, then your fee is waved. Even if you choose not to become a wholesale member, you can find a handful of oils that will fit into your budget.

Think about all of the money you’ll save on cleaning products and over-the-counter medications alone? If they haven’t already, essential oils will become your go-to natural medicine cabinet, and non-toxic way to keep your home fresh and clean! And don’t forget, they can also be used to add flavor while cooking, or to your drinks like water, tea, or did someone say lime margarita? They’re also a great way to naturally freshen up your house, car, or shoes!

Why doTERRA you may ask?

Today, you can purchase essential oils pretty much anywhere. But just be aware, that the oils sold at your local grocery store aren’t the same, they often have additives and synthetics in them. I’ve yet to figure out why companies think this is okay. I guess it’s their way to make them more affordable, they seem to worry less about the quality, more about the quantity. These are not the kind of oils you want around your family.

Testing

DoTERRA oils are put through 8 rigorous tests to assure they’re top quality. They have researchers and scientist at hospitals, universities, and other care centers relentlessly implementing and validating the use of their essential oils for therapeutic care.

Sourcing

“doTERRA maintains the highest levels of quality, purity and sustainability in partnership with local growers around the world through Co-Impact sourcing.

doTERRA Gives Back

“The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offers resources and tools to global sourcing communities and charitable organizations for self-reliance, healthcare, education, sanitation, and the fight against human trafficking. Through the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils, doTERRA is changing the world one drop, one person, one community at a time.”

How long will a bottle last?

15mL bottle = 250 drops of oil

5mL bottle = 85 drops of oil

Considering you only use 1-4 drops at a time, these little bottles are going to last you months, depending on how often you’re using them! I use lemon, purify, serenity, and copaiba, pretty much daily and I’ve only went through 2 bottles each in the past 6 months.

Here’s the proof that they really ARE affordable when you think about all that they do and provide. 

Budget Friendly Oils

Budget Friendly Essential Oils from doTERRA

Under $20 with Wholesale Membership

Wild Orange – $10 ($13.33 Retail)

  • Energizing

Lemongrass – $10 ($13.33 Retail)

  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Naturally repels insects
  • Offers toning benefits for the skin

Lemon – $11 (14.67 Retail)

Effortless Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

  • Uplifting and energizing
  • Use while cooking for flavor
  • Add to water or tea
  • Use for cleaning air and surfaces
  • Diffusing supports healthy respiratory system

Cedarwood – $13

  • Warm woody scent, grounding
  • Promotes relaxation

Lime – $13 ($17.33 Retail)

  • Stimulating and refreshing properties
  • Add to water for flavoring
  • Add to yogurt or other foods for citrusy flavor

Fennel – $15 ($20.00 Retail)

  • Licorice aroma
  • Add to water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings
  • May promote healthy metabolism, liver function, circulation

Tangerine – $15 ($20.00 Retail)

  • Sweet tangy aroma
  • Supports healthy digestion and metabolism
  • Energizing, uplifting
  • Cleansing and purifying

Cypress – $15.50 ($20.67 Retail)

  • Grounding, yet energizing effect on emotions (Often used in spas)
  • Apply to legs prior to an endurance run
  • Helps improve the appearance of oily skin

Clove – $16 ($21.33 Retail)

  • Popular cooking spice
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Promotes healthy teeth and gums
  • Supports cardiovascular health

Rosemary – $16 ($21.33 Retail)

  • Frequently used in cooking
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
  • Diffuse while studying to help maintain concentration

Eucalyptus – $17 ($22.67 Retail)

  • Promotes feelings of clear breathing
  • Cleansing and purifying properties
  • Add one drop to your moisturizer and apply to skin for revitalizing benefits

Grapefruit – $18 ($24.00 Retail)

  • Invigorating and energizing aroma
  • Add to water to support a healthy metabolism
  • Diffuse to increase motivation

Cassia – $19 ($25.33 Retail)

  • Closely related to cinnamon
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • May help support immune function
  • Taken internally may support healthy cardiovascular system

doTERRA Blends under $20

TerraShield – (Blend of Ylang Ylang Flower, Tamanu Seed, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip Plant, Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf, Litsea Fruit, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Arborvitae Wood)  – $10.50 ($14.00 Retail)

  • Natural, safe outdoor protection

Purify – (Blend of Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils) – $20 ($26.67 Retail)

  • Uplifting, piney/citrusy smell
  • Purifies the air in a natural clean way
  • Great for cleaning almost anything

Citrus Bliss – (Blend of Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute) -$18 ($24.00 Retail)

  • Uplifting, helps with stress
  • Blend of citrus oils
  • Great for cleaning

Align – (Blend of  Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Peppermint, Jasmine absolute, and Rose)  – $17 ($22.67 Retail)

  • Promotes feelings of self-acceptance, peace, and trust
  • Great for yoga practice

Anchor – (Blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cinnamon Bark, Sandalwood, Black Pepper, and Patchouli) – $20 ($26.67 Retail)

  • Great for yoga practice
  • Promotes feeling of completeness, courage, and calmness
  • A very grounding blend.

Arise – (Blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Osmanthus, Melissa, and Siberian Fir) – $19 ($25.33 Retail)

  • Promotes happiness, clarity, and courage
  • Also great for effective yoga practice

Forgive – (Blend of Spruce Leaf, Bergamot Peel, Juniper Berry Fruit, Myrrh Resin, Arborvitae Wood, Nootka Tree Wood, Thyme Leaf, Citronella Herb) – $20 ($26.67 Retail)

  • Encourages letting go
  • Great for meditation

Regardless of which oil company you choose, there are plenty of budget friendly oils available.  I just recommend always choosing high quality, therapeutic grade oils for safe, effective benefits.  And don’t forget to check and see where they are sourced, and how thoroughly they’re tested. Only the best for your family!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at metronomewellness@gmail.com or check out the doTERRA website at  https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/angieulrich1/

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As always, remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, and it only takes a drop or 2 for them to work their magic.  Always use caution with children and during pregnancy.  I am not a medical doctor, simply a health coach providing information for you to take and use how you see fit.  Please always consult your doctor before going off any medications. Complete Disclaimer.

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Health Benefits of Blackberries

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Blackberries, the Mystical Fruit

Along with the health benefits of blackberries, do they make you think of anything else? I’m not sure what it is about blackberries, but I’ve always found them somewhat mystical.  They remind me of childhood. I remember hearing old wives-tales about the bad omens they would bring, the witches using them in their potions, and using the thorny branches to make their brooms. It seemed blackberries were mentioned in multiple stories growing up. So naturally, I was intrigued and wanted to grow some of my own some day. 

Planting Blackberries

We never had them back home on the farm, we grew raspberries, but not blackberries. So, when I finally had a garden of my own, I planted blackberry bushes! To my surprise, they were easy to grow, so don’t be intimidated if you’re thinking about giving it a try.

They simply need an area that provides them plenty of sun.  If your soil is sandy or clay, it may be a little more difficult, however, I’ve grown blackberries in both without any trouble.  Just add a little organic matter when you first plant them.

When my son was probably about two, I can remember him fearlessly spending a lot of time by the blackberry bushes picking and eating them right off the thorny branches.  His little face and hands covered in purple juice, he loved blackberries as a toddler, still does, but not like back then, such a great memory!

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Health Benefits of Blackberries

Blackberries Provide your Body with Superpowers

As you know, most fruits are packed full of healthy stuff, but blackberries are superior to most. You can find the following benefits packed into these juicy berries.

  • Antioxidant and polyphenol rich, means they have the power to fight cancer cells.
  • Aid in weight management – Rich in fiber, means you feel full faster; a handful of blackberries will curb hunger.
  • Strengthened immune system – High in vitamin C, great for fighting off colds and flues.
  • Heart Healthy – Contain vitamin K, which has been shown to help regulate blood pressure
  • Protect nerve cells from damage – studies have suggested that polyphenols and manganese in blackberries may slow down age related cognitive decline and may improve memory.
  • Strengthen bones – Blackberries are high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, all vital for strong bones.
  • Reduce Inflammation – Since blackberries are full of antioxidants, they’re great at fighting oxidative stress that causes inflammation.

Medicinal Uses

  • Blackberries have been used to treat bowel problems and fever.
  • Not only does the berry have healing powers, but so does the root, bark, and leaves. They were once known to be boiled in water and given as medicine for whooping cough.
  • Other illnesses thought to be cured by blackberry were, bites from venomous creatures, boils and sore throats.
  • In 1771, it was documented that blackberry decoctions would cure ulcers. – https://www.gardenguides.com/123417-history-blackberry-fruit.html

Healthy ways to eat blackberries

Blackberries are a little on the tart side, so for some people eating them by the handful may not be their first choice. If this sounds like you, here are a few simple ways to add blackberries into your diet:

Blackberry Yogurt Parfait
  1. Top them with a little whipped cream
  2. Make a yogurt parfait (Greek Yogurt, Blackberries, Granola)
  3. Blackberry smoothie
  4. On top of oatmeal or quinoa
  5. Infuse in water or tea with a few mint leaves
  6. Make a blackberry puree (over low heat add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of water to a handful of berries and gently combine) instead of syrup, top your pancakes with it.
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Blackberry Nutritional Benefits

According to: https://draxe.com/health-benefits-blackberries/ Just one cup of these delicious berries (15–16 blackberries) contains about:

  • 62 calories
  • 14.7 grams carbohydrates
  • 2 grams protein
  • 0.7 gram fat
  • 7.6 grams fiber
  • 30.2 milligrams vitamin C (50 percent DV)
  • 0.9 milligram manganese (47 percent DV)
  • 28.5 micrograms vitamin K (36 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligram copper (12 percent DV)
  • 1.7 milligrams vitamin E (8 percent DV)
  • 233 milligrams potassium (7 percent DV)
  • 28.8 milligrams magnesium (7 percent DV)
  • 308 IU vitamin A (6 percent DV)
  • 0.9 milligram niacin (5 percent DV)
  • 0.9 milligram iron (5 percent DV)
  • 0.8 milligram zinc (5 percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligram vitamin B5/pantothenic acid (4 percent DV)
  • 41.8 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
  • 31.7 milligrams phosphorus (3 percent DV)

Now that’s a lot of benefits in a little berry!!! Why not take the family for a little road trip to a local blackberry farm and enjoy a day of picking blackberries?

Effortless Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

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The Refreshing Smell of Lemons

Have you ever cut open a lemon and immediately felt your senses awaken? The scent of a lemon is so powerful, it can bring joy, calmness, and cleanliness in one sniff! I’ve been a big fan of lemons, the smell, taste, even just looking at the bright yellow rind makes me happy!

It’s no surprise that lemon essential oil is one of my favorites. To be honest, there are some oils I own, that I just don’t tend to use much.  I love them, and I’m thankful to have them around when I need them, but they stay in the drawer of my nightstand most of the time. 

However, lemon essential oil is not one of those!  It takes no time at all for me to go through my $11 bottle! The effortless uses of lemon essential oil saves me money, and makes eliminating toxins from my environment easy as lemon pie!

What is Lemon Essential oil?

Lemon essential oil comes from the cold pressing the rind of lemons. What amazes me most is that it takes 75 lemons to make 15 ounces of lemon essential oil! Potent stuff huh???

No wonder a couple of drops of this powerful oil really packs a punch. If you love the smell of clean, fresh lemons, you will love incorporating lemon essential oil into your healthy living routine! It’s great for so many reasons.

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Uses for Lemon Essential Oil?

Kitchen 2-3 drops on a damp cloth and wipe down:

  • Counters
  • Appliances (inside and out)
  • Inside of lunch box
  • Sinks
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Drains
  • Table
  • Trash can
  • Make a fruit and veggie wash to remove any nasty pesticides and germs: I use a glass spray bottle, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, and 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil.

Cooking & Baking – A couple of drops to:

  • Add to frosting
  • Add to pastries
  • Add in yogurt

Laundry Room – a couple of drops on:

  • Grease stains
  • Dryer balls
  • A cloth to wipe down the inside and outside of the washer

Wellness Boost – Diffuse or add to water or tea

  • Support relaxation
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Uplifting, helps reduce stress
  • Assists in detoxification

How to Purchase Lemon Essential Oil

Always use a pure, superior, therapeutic grade oil such as doTerra.  If you are interested in the $11 bottle of Lemon Essential Oil, becoming a wholesale member will save you money, for details, check out the following link: wholesale member. If you are interested learning more about the benefits of essential oils, feel free to email me at metronomewellness@gmail.com.  Or visit my Purchase Oil page for an explanation of the different memberships available.

Medical Disclaimer

As always, remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, and it only takes a drop or 2 for them to work their magic.  Always use caution with children and during pregnancy.  I am not a medical doctor, simply a health coach providing information for you to take and use how you see fit.  Please always consult your doctor before going off any medications. Complete Disclaimer. 

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A Better Way to Eat Meat

Eating Meat Responsibly

Have you ever walked by the meat section in the grocery and really thought about the massive amounts of flesh just laying there? What about the fact that you are in just one store?!?

In the mid-size city where I live, there are what seems like, hundreds of grocery stores! It’s pretty overwhelming to think of all the lives sacrificed everyday for our nourishment. Thoughts like this made me turn to vegetarianism a couple of years ago. Imagine that, a farm girl vegetarian?

My Vegetarian Dilemma

My decision to be a vegetarian was an easy one, I am an animal lover, and it breaks my heart to think about the abuse going on during the raising and processing of animals for consumption.  I won’t go into details, you can watch multiple documentaries about it on Netflix, or pick up a book at the library, but there are so many inhumane things done to animals, it’s hard to imagine anyone thinking that this treatment is okay.

My life without most animal products was kinda tough.  While eating a vegetarian diet, I suffered a hip injury playing tennis, not sure if my diet had anything to do with it, but it definitely makes me think. 

My digestive track, was to put it nicely, a mess!  I felt like I could never quite regulate my energy levels, I had a lot of crashing, and highs and lows.  I was eating more grains than I had in years, and although I know that beans and lentils are not my friend, I ate them anyhow, for protein.  And, ironically, my cholesterol numbers went up, crazy! I wanted it to work so bad, for the sake of all the animals I was saving.  But, my body just did not agree!


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Making the Decision to Eat Meat Again

I decided to eat meat again last August. I just wanted to test it out, to see if I might feel a little more normal again. Surprisingly, and somewhat sadly, I really did.  I’m playing tennis again, and my digestion is back on track (most days).

I made a promise to myself, when I went back to eating meat, that I’d only be eating responsibly raised and sourced meat and seafood.  I wasn’t going to support the inhumane treatment of animals.

For that reason, I am a loyal customer of ButcherBox. Which means, no more buying meat from the store, not knowing how those animals were treated, or what antibiotics they may have been given. (If you are interested in reading more about my views on mindful eating, and the importance of listening to your body, check out my post).

I’m guessing many of you have seen the ads for ButcherBox meat delivery service.  Our family started ordering from them again last August, but we had been customers prior to my diet change. They are a great company, with high quality standards, I truly do recommend giving them a try!  

The following is directly from the ButcherBox Website:

When it comes to eating meat, quality matters.

“There’s no way to substitute for standards. That’s why we pay special attention to every step of the process. From food to bedding, our animals are cared for. We make sure to accommodate their natural tendencies – cattle like to roam, hogs like to move dirt with their snouts, and chickens like to peck.”

“After all, quality is influenced by how the animal lived: Was it healthy and content? Was it ever given antibiotics or hormones? Was it humanely raised on a farm with sustainable practices?”

To read more about their sourcing please check out the following link:

https://www.butcherbox.com/sourcing/

What to Expect When You Become a Customer

My box arrived today.  I’m always very pleased with the quality of the product on delivery, after all, it’s meat and it definitely matters!  They always package it in eco-friendly packaging, with proper insulation so the meat stays frozen.

This is what was in my box:

  • 6 -Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 3 packages of Chicken Thighs
  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 2 – 10 oz strip steaks
  • 16 oz premium steak tips

How does it work?

If you’ve ever had a meal delivery service before, the process if very similar, if not, here’s what you can expect. 

  • With ButcherBox, first you choose your box. You can customize one or choose from a variety of combinations.  As a family, we don’t really eat much pork, so our box generally includes just chicken and beef (with occasional bacon).  You can change it up every month if you’d like, I often do. 
  • After you choose your plan, it’s time to choose your delivery date and frequency.  We get it delivered every other month, as a family of 4, and we are able to make it last. You can cancel or pause at any time, there’s no long term commitment.
  • ButcherBox will email you a few days before you box ships, in case you want to make any changes. And then again when it ships, that way, you know to be looking for your meat, especially if it’s coming on a warm day.
  • Once you receive your box, place your meat in the freezer until you’re ready to cook it.  Not sure how to cook it? ButcherBox has a library of recipe ideas on their site. I have used their recipes many times, I’m not exactly a gourmet chef, so I need a little (or a lot) of ideas and guidance.

A Great Special For First Time Customers

This month only, new customers who sign up will receive 2lbs of Free ground beef for life. Follow this link (or any of the links in this post) to purchase: ButcherBox Special.