I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered those words, or its close relative, “Can I place an order for delivery?” It’s more than I’d like to admit, but here’s the truth: my family eats out a lot. And by a lot I mean we eat out for dinner at least three times a week. The weekends are pretty much all about eating out.
I have many excuses for why I reach for the phone more often than I reach for a spatula. They include, but are not limited to:
- I’m lazy
- I’m tired
- It’s a day that ends in -y
- I’m hungry RIGHT NOW
- I’m not a great cook
- Mister Jess is a pretty good cook, but he’s tired
- We have no dishwasher and our sink is small
- We have an oven but it sets off the smoke alarm. Every. Time.
- We have no counter space in the kitchen
- We barely HAVE a kitchen
- Bug is hungry RIGHT NOW
- That place serves breakfast all day
- The place next to the place has donuts. Built-in dessert.
- The fridge is full but nothing looks good
- It’s the weekend and weekends are for eating out, duh
- I could go on
- But you get the point
I try to make good choices for Bug and thankfully there are many places around us that serve delicious, organic, at least semi-healthy meals. But at the same time, I have friends with kids who manage to put food that didn’t come from a container on the table every night. This leads to one of my least favorite emotions: Mommy Guilt. I have it about a lot of things fleetingly, but this is one that sticks around. I make sure he gets his fruits and veggies and good protein. Am I a terrible mom because I buy him pancakes rather than making them?
But here’s the thing: I don’t know how I can fit the life I need to live into the life I have. There are only so many hours in the day and when our days – and especially our evenings – are dictated by child-led timelines and a bedtime of 7pm (Bug’s, not ours. I wish), it’s so much easier to pick something up on the way home. It’s one less thing I need to worry about, one thing I can check off the never-ending list of To Dos.
I want to be healthy. I need the food I eat to fuel my fitness, especially once I get full-swing into my half marathon training. I just don’t know how to balance it all out. I need your help, Scoot readers!
So, tell me: is there an easier method to all of this that I’m missing? A way to capture the ease of take-out without actually taking out? Or should I just come to terms with the fact that we are a take-out family and try to make the best food choices I can when we do order it up?