Monday, December 19, 2011

Limitations and food.

We are each limited in some way(s) when it comes to food.  (I'm just talking food here, not all of life.)  Sometimes our limitations are short-lived--like a busy season at work--other times our limitations stick with us for a long time. 

Perhaps you are limited by a small income, or perhaps you are limited by your own lack of cooking skills.  Maybe your time is limited because you work, or maybe you are limited because you have 5 (6, 7, 8...) children. 
I am in the midst of limiting circumstances right does a surprise pregnancy sound? Constant nausea and tiredness...can anyone relate?  During these past 3 months I have had to strategize, lower expectations, and embrace my limitations with faith...even moreso since it has coincided with the busy holiday season. 

(Yep, we're having another baby!)

Practically, when it comes to food, what has this looked like? 

1. Well, my husband brought home dinner the other night.  If you know me, I just don't do that.  He will offer, but even on the worst of days I will say, "No, don't bother...I can just throw {whatever} together, and it will only take 15 minutes."  Not so right now.  He offered, and I said, "Please do!"

2. I stopped making my own bread, and I've bought bread instead.  I have since started to make bread again--but it's spotty--so I am not relying on it like I normally do. 

3. Breakfasts have consisted of lots and lots of toast and oatmeal.  Not much variety.  But those are the simplest breakfasts, and my husband can prepare those in a few minutes for the kids if I'm not up and moving yet. We also went through our box of cereal in record time.

4. Less balanced dinners.  We haven't eaten all the extra vegetables we ordinarily would, or had the most tasty meals.  Most meals have been simple one pot meals--and it's been all I can do to get that on the table.

5. I've utilized items like pasta and canned beans more than I ordinarily would.  I almost always cook dried beans, but not so in this season. Canned beans are a lifesaver right now. 

Those are just a few of the changes I've made during this limiting season.  I just want to encourage you today to embrace your limitations--whatever they are--with faith and to simply do your best with what you have.


  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Yes, I can relate...those first few months just getting out of bed is an accomplishment - certainly gourmet meals are not on the menu!

  2. I am almost out of my first trimester of a surprise pregnancy as well! I have definitely been taking a lot of the same shortcuts. :-)

  3. Nice to hear I'm not alone in either respect! :)