This is an exciting day at the hive! Our Easy Lunch Boxes have arrived!! Woohoo!
You might have thought that I was about to tell you we won the lottery or something wonderfully fabulous like that.
It feels like I did!
And let me tell you why.
I feed Honeybee about a billion times a day. And I’m tired.
Since we deal with food allergies, anytime we must be away from home, we pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. There is no such convenience as fast food for us. That has turned out to be a very positive influence in the foods we eat and our overall health. Easy Lunchboxes are easy to load with a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free bread. Throw in some carrot sticks and fruit and we have lunch!
Another reason I need to simplify lunches is that the girls will begin Classical Conversations coop classes next week where I will be a tutor and we will all need lunches that are easy to pack and that we can throw in a cooler as we zoom out the door while rubbing the sleep from our eyes.
I’m on a mission to feel better and have more energy and so far, it’s working! I have been doing yoga on a regular basis and fitting a little running in when time allows, but mostly, I’ve been making healthier food choices. Over the last few years, I have fallen into a bad habit of letting lunchtime get the best of me. We homeschool so we can exercise healthy food choices, but we don’t always do it. Some days we are knee-deep in schoolwork and don’t allow for a real lunch break. We eat while discussing our latest math concept or history timeline. That’s not always a bad thing, but doing these things over sandwiches and chips is not so great.
I’m not knocking sandwiches. They are what you make them. For the chips, I have no strong argument. I will say, there was a time in my life I didn’t eat chips. I never even bought them. Five years ago, after discovering the need to eat a gluten-free diet, I began substituting the wheat snack crackers I once enjoyed with chips. What was I thinking? I wasn’t. It wasn’t thinking about the extra fat and empty calories until the extra pounds began layering themselves on my person. It isn’t a daily thing, but I put chips on my plate more often than I care to admit and my thighs are angry about it. They’re not gonna take it anymore! (You’re singing Twisted Sister in your head right now, aren’t you? Sorry.) Continue reading