One of the most common questions I get as a Mom on a health journey and now teaching others about health and fitness one of the most common questions I run into is, but what do I feed my kids? I don't want to cook two meals. What about my husband he isn't on board?
And here is my response, and it may sound harsh, but don't cook two meals. They eat what you eat - period.
My take on this has always been, if you don't like what I'm cooking - cook your own dinner - totally applies to my husband as well and trust me once he was offered that option he stopped complaining because at least there was dinner on the table right?
So what have we changed? Clean eating doesn't mean the end of the world, it doesn't mean you need to find 30 new recipes to make dinner totally new and exciting every single night. Chances are most of you are eating the same foods week to week anyways and there are ways to clean them up and make them healthy.
We still eat pizza - gasp - oh the horror! We totally do. I often make our own dough with whole wheat flour or sometimes I buy pre-made crusts that are whole grain. I use tomato sauce as my sauce with some italian spices and top it with chicken and veggies and low fat mozzarella cheese. We love it - I eat my portion size & I'm happy and done. The old me would have ordered pizza out and stuffed myself until I had to unbutton my pants then I'd eat more in the night or the next morning for breakfast - true story.
We still have burgers - gasp again! But now instead of ground beef (my Dad will hate me for this since we raise cattle) - we use ground turkey and I mash up black beans, corn, and organic corn tortilla chips into the ground turkey with some cumin & chili powder and then I make patties. Top it with some avocado - hot diggity it's good guys - seriously real good! Also fast!
So that's just a few examples of how we eat now versus how we used to eat. Eating clean can be fast, it can be flavorful, it can be EASY if you don't over complicate it. Look at what you like to eat and ask yourself can I remove or replace ingredients that aren't the best options? Most of the time the answer is yes and by taking those small baby steps over the course of 6 months to a year you will overhaul the eating habits of your entire family, shed some weight, and definitely feel better because you have eliminated a majority of processed foods if not all processed foods from your diet.
And as far as exercise goes do it. If you have to pause because your kids are coming in and out of the room - so what! At least you are doing it right? If your baby wakes up - do squats or lunges while holding your kid. Do chest presses with your kid - they will love it and it keeps you active. Be an example to your kids - let them workout with you even if it's a bit cray! Show them how fun fitness can be!
When a hubby won't work out, won't get on board - don't push him. Let it happen at his pace. Don't argue over it because it just makes him not want to join you. Be the example to him, change yourself and he will come around. It took Jade two years to join me and now he's a different man & we workout together. I was worried about his health & high cholesterol, but it had to take him wanting to change for himself before he was ready to join me. Just imagine if your hubby harped on you to get healthy it would make you mad - same goes the other way. Be supportive, be encouraging, love your husband, and the day will arrive :)
If you want some meal ideas of what we do as a family check out my eating clean guide.