I am not fond of having to go to the grocery store. To be honest, I dread it. But what I have realized from some recent reading is that I am looking at this task all wrong. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, says, "act the way you want to feel." I think this is important because we may not always like a task but just simply changing the way we view it can make a huge difference. I seriously don't want to dread this task. Ellyn Satter, author of Child of Mine states, "However you feel about housework, keep in mind that cooking is nurturing. Whoever gets to do the cooking gets the best job." By doing the grocery shopping I get the honor of providing my family with nutritious, balanced, tasty, and reliable meals to assist with fostering a healthy relationship with food in my young daughter. It is a big responsibility but it can be viewed as fun and rewarding. To make grocery shopping not seem so cumbersome I know I should plan meals and snacks for the week, involve my family with ideas that seem appetizing to them to take some the stress off of me, have a detailed list that is organized, plan a grocery shopping trip preferably during a non-busy time for the store to avoid frustration with long lines and crowded aisles, invite my sister or family to shop with me if I don't feel like tackling it alone and one last thing, eat a small snack prior to hitting the store so I am not tempted to buy "extras" because I am hungry. It does not have to be a chore to grocery shop but I have to make sure I am prepared and not roaming aimlessly because I have no clue what I need.
This quote from Child of Mine really hit home and I hope it resonates within you to view grocery shopping, cooking, whatever dreaded task you may have differently, "To raise a child well nutritionally, you must be committed to the day-in-day-out of family meals. For you to carry through on that commitment, it must be more than a chore. It must be intrinsically rewarding. "
WOW. Life is so busy. But I have to stop and realize what is so important to me: raising a healthy, happy child to the best of my ability. A way I have been able to do this task and make it less of a chore is to schedule Freezer Meal Workshops. If you have seen our post about the workshops and think it looks fun send us a message and we can tell you how to get started! It is definitely rewarding to leave a workshop with 10-20 meals for your family and by scheduling it it becomes real!