It's Easy Being a Green Mama

How the Green Mama survived no restaurant food
September 4, 2017, 12:58 am
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I didn’t want to write about completing my challenge, not eating out for a week, until I was done, so I could make sure I really did it.  It was a bit hard, but not terrible.  The hardest part, for me, was lunch time.  I was really tempted to just grab a quick lunch because it was easier with the kids than making them wait.  But I did it.  I did pack the equivalent of four lunches every day, whether I planned to be out during lunch time or not, just in case.

Besides packing more food to take with me, I did plan my meals a bit differently.  Usually I try to plan for four or five dinners when menu planning, thinking I can grab something if I need to or have leftovers.  This time, I felt like I needed to really make sure I had a lot of things to make.  I cooked a big pot of beans, and used them multiple times.

There was one night that we planned to feed the kids pizza from the school, as part of a fundraiser and community event, and they had run out.   For the adults, we had already decided we would eat dinner at home.   The kids were very disappointed, but we had lots of leftover taco ingredients, so what to feed them was no big deal.  For the kids, especially my oldest, it was the thrill of eating something I hadn’t made her that mattered.  I think she had her heart set on that.

I did find myself visiting the grocery store more than usual.  I stocked up on Monday, going to Aldi and making sure I had a lot of things.  And while I do love Aldi, my husband had requested a few items that I couldn’t find there, and I had to go to Publix.  And then since I wasn’t going out to eat, I went back to my favorite local market for a few things.  I did resist getting one of their sandwiches, which I usually love.

Overall, it didn’t feel as much of a sacrifice as I thought.  Lunch was tricky a few times, but by the end of the week I had gotten used to it.  I made a big batch of bean burgers on Monday and got some really good pretzel buns, I thought they were amazing with my favorite pickles and sauerkraut.

I did make me think more and more about what I consume.  I would love to be a minimalist, but I don’t know if that’s realistic for me in this season of life.  I  heard about Project 333, where you seal up every piece of fashion except 33 items for 3 months.  Maybe some day in the future I could work up to that. For now, I decided to not buy any new clothes, jewelry, bags or shoes for myself for six months.  Maybe at the end of that six months I’ll be able to minimize my wardrobe.  I do think more about quality rather than quantity.  I don’t want to contribute to fast fashion, and I’ve been trying to avoid doing that.

Since I noticed that when not eating out I tend to grocery shop more, I decided this week I won’t be any groceries.  I will make meals out of the food we have on hand.  When I’m not being lazy, I will look at what I have and make a meal out of it.   It probably means for me that I can’t wait until last minute to plan dinner.  No running out to the store to grab a missing ingredient.

I also have plans for some bigger challenges soon!   I need to do some research before I’m ready to tackle some bigger things.  I hope my kids are absorbing some of the things I have been doing lately.  I’ve been trying to talk with them about it.  I want them to be green too!

Read more about Project 333 here: