This morning I read a post by Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking, and it was a great reminder (and just took me back to what I have already come to in my life).
It is so easy to get hung up on eating perfectly. But, is it always necessary? Some people can do it without any issue, but for me, it’s hard to not make it an idol. We keep things like Triscuits, Annie’s crackers, tortillas, some cereals, organic mac n cheese (either Annie’s or Whole Foods brand), etc in our pantry to keep things simple at times. And I’m okay with that. It took me a while to be okay with this. In order to serve my family the best way possible, we have to do this. If I try to make everything from scratch, then I get stressed out real fast.
Everyone knows a stressed out mama makes a stressed out household.
It’s just not worth it.
My family gets mostly homemade, nutritious foods, and some “processed” foods here and there will not harm them.
Some things that are important to my husband (and have really helped me in my journey): 1) that I can buy whatever I need, as long as it is in the budget (if I start spending more than the budgeted amount, he starts to question), 2) he would prefer that I don’t spend too much stocking up because we still end up buying things anyway (if I had my way I would stock up for 6 months, but he knows that we will end up spending our normal monthly amount anyway), 3) the one thing that he always wants me to make from scratch is bread, 4) he doesn’t mind us eating things like organic mac n cheese (at all) if it makes things easier, 5) do not ever allow eating whole foods to make me stressed out.
If you are trying to eat all whole foods, that’s wonderful… but don’t allow it to steal your joy and make you feel like you are going to “get in trouble” if you stray from that sometimes (which is a reminder that my husband gives me often). We are only human and it is very easy to make it an idol.
Spend today being thankful for the ability to be free in Him and not in bondage to anything. Do not put yourself back into that bondage by trying to be perfect. It’s impossible, and it only brings frustration and depression (I know first hand).