When we were living our American dream life, I would have to admit that it’s embarrassing how many evening family dinners we missed together. One because of the rat race pace of our lives in being a two income family, and two because we didn’t have a lot of extra money to spend on good food.
As you could imagine, this left no time for enjoyable evening meals together and little thought for the kinds of food we would scarf down.
This is one of the things that has been radically changed by life on the road full time.
This way of living has freed up us in two huge ways:
1. Time – Not being forced to be a two income household gave us time we didn’t have before.
2. Money – Since we don’t own a lot and we are able to freely travel to all kinds of great jobs, it has freed up our money to spend on things like quality, whole foods.
Honestly, I’ve always thought I hated to cook. But what I’ve realized is, it’s not the cooking I hate, it’s the thought and prep. that good cooking requires. Both of those take time, and time isn’t something I had a lot of. My brain is sort of scattered most the time, so when my life is overloaded – it leaves me very little mental room for the “non-essentials”. The problem is, good eating IS an important essential. I’ve always known that, but felt a little powerless as to what to do about it.
So once a week we travel to the nearest town, about an hour away with good grocery stores, for our meats & produce. We stock up for a week at a time since we don’t have a ton of room to store food. We usually buy things like organic produce, nut medleys, salmon, boneless chicken, hamburger meat and sometimes shrimp for our yummy shrimp and grits meal! ….and the occasional treats for our sweet tooth! Like s’mores! 😉
I say “we” because we do most of the grocery shopping together and most of the cooking together in the evenings. He cooks all the grilled items, and I cook anything else! Honestly, when putting each weekly menu list together, I intentionally choose meals that can be mostly grilled because it’s easy and healthy.
…And because we do not fry food. In fact, I don’t even own any cooking oil except for olive oil. Oh yes we LOVE fried food, but we have just chosen not to include that into our normal eating habits for obvious reasons.
We have cooked and had family dinner together almost every single night since we’ve been in our new life. Yes, this IS something I’m incredibly proud of. Because it has always been one of the things that we have always known we were missing out on and weren’t sure how to fix it.
After dinner is done and the dishes are washed, I set out to pack Anthony’s lunch for work for the next day. Usually we have dinner leftovers to send with him. This works out nicely because holding onto leftover food isn’t something we can do much of. And if not, we keep some healthy lunch options on hand so that he isn’t grabbing whatever he can find at lunch time, which usually ends up being super unhealthy.
It just feels amazing to feed my family good, healthy food! I can’t explain it, it just does.
So when we decided to sacrifice some of the things in our lives that most people have, we gained other things in their place. Good food, and quality family time each evening are two of them. These are the little, BIG things in life we wanted and didn’t have. So now instead an overload of material things, we have good food and each other.
In our hustle to have the American dream, many American’s find themselves forced into choosing McDonalds & frozen pizzas for dinner because they are over-mortgaged, over-extended and drowning in debt.
This was our story. And so we chose to re-write it.
We have simply chosen to embrace a different story.
And maybe this kind of life is not a better one, but at the very least – it is ours.
Own less, live fully, live light.
**I will be posting the recipe for the salad & coconut chicken pictured above tomorrow. Look for it!