I married young (19). I confess that I did not understand the depth of my responsibility towards my family and their health in the arena of cooking. My Mom is a great cook and allowed us all into her kitchen, took us under her wing and taught us all she knew and from here I developed a love of cooking.
At first I cooked what ever we felt like eating without a thought to the effects of our eating habits on our health. A year later we were blessed with the news of our first pregnancy and with that started the quest in gathering information on pregnancy and well being. I was not so worried about me as much as I was concerned about my new baby. From their it progressed to what to feed him and so it went. Soon after our second rose joined our family we migrated to New Zealand. It was here that we started home schooling and embarked on a quest to find out more about healthy living.
In order for us to look after our families well and keep them healthy we need to become better educated in the choices we make and have a deeper understanding of nutrition and healthy living. We all know this deep down but not many of us know the why behind the good choices we need to make. Here are two books I recommend
What the Bible says about Healthy Living
Author: Rex Russell, M.D. ( 1941 - 2009)
Publisher: Gospel Light
Published: 29 August 2008 (Current Edition)
Format: Paperback 286 pages
ISBN 13: 9780830743490
ISBN 10: 0830743499
Facebook: What the Bible says about Healthy Living
Cookbook: What the Bible says about Healthy Living Cookbook.
On a side note the mistake I did when I got this book was to try and change far too many things in our diet as I read the book. I now encourage my friends when they read this book to take hold of one thing to change and do it S-L-O-W-L-Y. Once your family has adapted to this new food add in the next change. I did it too fast and too many things at once and my family revolted and simply refused to budge on things. For some families going cold turkey works and for others it does not. Know your family well before implementing big changes and make sure that your spouse is equally happy with the changes you intend to make because if they are not your changes will not be permanent ones.
Trim Healthy Mama No More Fads!
Author: Pearl P Barrett and Serene C Allison,
Illustrated by:Monique L Campbell
Publisher: Welby Street Press
Published: 01 September 2012
Format: Paperback 650 pages
ISBN 13: 9780988775114
ISBN 10: 0988775115
Facebook: Trim Healthy Mama
Website: Trim Healthy Mama
I struggled with doing house cleaning and homeschooling let alone finding the time to cook with children. This was definitely influenced by the seasons of life I was in. During some seasons keeping the home fires burning was easy and a delight but during others it has been a struggle to be inspired to put the next meal on the table. Financial pressures made healthy eating a difficult thing too. Through it all I learned that it's important to become well informed and to carefully make changes to improve your family's well being.
Take the Children along too
A few months ago I shared about Schooling in the Kitchen. As homeschoolers we tend to separate homeschooling and caring for our families (cooking, cleaning, field trips, etc.) Well the kitchen is one place we can combine the two for a happy healthy outcome. It ticks the boxes in so many areas that it's worth an in depth look at the benefits of having your children in the kitchen with you. When our children are young the downside is that it takes a long time to accomplish anything but the upside is that they are learning a new skill and you are equipping them to take better care of themselves and future generations.
|34 Meals prepared in ONE day|
Prepped and frozen for $150
- Once a Month Cooking and Freezing (I like the idea of this but I've never trend it)
- I'm keen to try this idea from Loving my Nest preparing 34 meals and freezing them in ONE day.
Round ONE 34 Meals for $150
Round TWO 12 Meals for $75
Round THREE 27 Meals for $197
- Crock pot cooking. I really enjoy using my crock pot. I do the food prep while everyone is having breakfast and clean after breakfast and the crock pot produces the most delightful smells for the rest of the day until dinner time.
- One pot cooking, this is similar to using a crock pot. I use a baking dish put everything in there and bake for up to an hour. Less to wash up.
- Double the meal and freeze one to use on an evening when you're pushed for time.
- Prepare your meal in the morning.
- Menu Planning (weekly or monthly)
- Teach your child to cook a simple meal. Once they are able to cook this meal safely by themselves assign them cooking duty once a fortnight cooking that meal. As you add to their repertoire give them a set night / nights to cook on. Not only is this a valuable life skill they are also contributing to the well being of the family.
- Older students can take on menu planning and shopping list planning and eventually cook for the family one week a month.
Pinterest is an amazing source of information.
On the WWW
- Eat Well and Spend Less with quick Suppers over at Keeping the Kingdom First
- Managing From-Scratch Cooking While Home Schooling (Eat Well, Spend Less) over at Tammy's Recipes
- Cooking - A Daily Home Economics Class for Homeschooling over at Young Living Oil Lady
- Cooking with Kids and Books for my Budding Chef over at Confessions of an
- Home Management For Homeschool Families over at the Organized Home
- Combining Homeschooling and Cooking: Creative ways to blend Everyday Life with Curriculum over at HubPages.
- Teaching Daughters to Cook with Whole Foods over at Little Natural Cottage
- Schooling in the Kitchen.
- Bernadette Hippie Method: Food Philosophied shares how to cook easy from scratch meals daily.
- Julie shares her five Strategies for Cooking Healthy for a Family when time is an issue.
- Hwee shares three simple tips for Nutritious meals, quick!
- Savannah shares Cooking Tip for the Home School Mom with ways to conquer the "What's for Dinner?" question.
- Lucinda shares some thoughts on How To Ensure Your Kids Eat Healthily When You Don't Enjoy Cooking
- Erin from over at Seven Little Australians and Counting shares some key to success for her family in cook organization and Plating Up
- Nicole from over at One Magnificent Obsession share how she avoids eating at Chik Fil A every night by using Realistic Meal planning for Homeschool Moms