Janelle Brown: "Eat In" For Diet Success

02/07/2013

Janelle Brown of Sister Wives is Kody's second wife. Follow along on her journey forward to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

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I made only one resolution this year and that was to make my dieting more of a lifestyle change. An extension of that commitment was to start implementing an “eat at home” policy. With my hectic schedule, I find myself too often stopping by the local drive-thru or cheap pizza place for dinner. So my “eat at home” policy is exactly what it sounds like. Does it mean I will never eat out again? No, of course not, but it means that, if possible, I will cook food purchased from the grocery store! One month of resolution is now under my belt, and I’d like to share some of my triumphs, epiphanies and struggles.

1) It’s a pain to retrain yourself to make dinner on a regular basis. I grew up in a home where we had dinner at the table every night. It seems that these days, there aren’t many people I know, except my sister wife Christine, that make dinner every night. It was hard to establish a new habit. It is slowly beginning to take hold, but a mindset is hard to change. I have found that to keep meat always defrosted and available in the fridge is a big help. You can always make something with a little ready-to-cook meat on hand.

2) Be prepared for feedback! My youngest two, who have unfortunately been the most subjected to an “eat out” kind of culture, constantly beg me for chicken nuggets from the drive-thru. They have even gone as far as to call me on the phone whining that there is no “real” food in the house -- even though there is a very nice roast with potatoes in the Crock-Pot for them. But the upside is that after a month, they are beginning to get the hang of the idea that we are eating at home.

3) Cook simply! I’d love to channel June Cleaver, but it doesn’t feel like I have time to be the “cook dinner every night” mom. I am committed to try, though. One night, we came home late from an afternoon appointment. I had previously shared with Kody that I was trying to stop the constant eating out, so we opted to forgo grabbing take-out to bring home to our hungry mob. Yes, it was 7:30, but I threw the defrosted chicken (see #1) in the pan with some olive oil and celery. My kids thought I was amazing and, between them and Kody, the whole pan disappeared.

I continue to be a work in progress. The benefits are a not a shock, but still nice. I am finding that not only do I make much better personal food choices now, I have improved nutrition for my family, spend MUCH less money feeding them, and generate less garbage. Another nice bonus, Logan was home a few weekends ago and was raving about my new “cooking jag” as he wolfed down the leftovers in the fridge. Now if I can just master getting us all to a sit-down dinner each night…

Get updates from Janelle on Twitter @JanelleBrown117 and @TLC!

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Sister Wives explores the lives of Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Join Janelle and Robyn Brown as they blog about the ins and outs of their lives as sister wives.
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