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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 19

January 22, 2010

Plan Ahead for Healthier Eating

Scripture to Memorize:

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
Proverbs 31:14-15

Passage to Read: Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Today’s passage deals how heaven and earth are called as witnesses against us before our life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that we and our children might live. It reminds us to love the Lord our God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.

Guided Prayer:

Today’s guided prayer leads us to thank God for his gift of choice. (This gift may seem like a burden at times when we really want to do what we know we shouldn’t, but is it still a wonderful gift.)

Personal Observations:

Donna’s personal observations dealt with fast-food places, menu planning and meal-assembly kitchens. Before I talk about those, let me ask you — how many times last week (or month) did you order out, dine out or pop through a drive-thru because you didn’t plan dinner and/or were out and about and hungry? I know we do it a lot more than I can to admit (or we can truly afford). I’ve never really sat down and thought about it as a waste of money though because “we need to eat,” but the fact remains fast-food isn’t exactly the healthiest food out there to eat and restaurants typically serve over-sized portions (there’s that portion word again!).

So, how do we as potential Proverbs 31 women avoid this trap? How do we go about getting our “food from afar?” Well, the easiest (and at the same time difficult for many of us) way is to plan our meals and snacks out in advance. Truthfully, the times I’ve done it, we’ve actually eaten out less and saved more money over the month and that’s with one planned meal out a week! I’m not one that touts only eat organic or vegetarian (I’m too much of a meat-eater to suggest that), but I want to encourage you to plan healthy meals and snacks for your families. Plan for grab and go meals and snacks as well — this will really cut down on the fast-food drive-byes.

Practical Application:

  1. Investigate meal-assembly kitchens in your area. Unfortunately, there aren’t any in this area.
  2. Plan your menus — based on family favorites and even toss in a few new things to try.
  3. Don’t forget to pick up grab-n-go snacks (fruits, nuts, raw veggies).

Notebook Assignment: Label a tab: HOUSEHOLD, to this section add MENU PLANNER/GROCERY LIST sheets. You can get copies of what Donna uses here: Grocery List. FlyLady also has some samples on her website:  FlyLady.

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