I thought I was a loser at all things food.
To be honest, I was doing really good for a long time. When my husband and I got married in 2011, I threw myself head-on into meal planning and cooking for us. I got really good at eating on a budget!
After a few years of this (and adding a daughter to the mix), things started to get harder.
I’d forget key ingredients for recipes on the grocery list. I stopped wanting to cook. And completely unrelated to meal planning, my mood dropped and I started having bouts of anger. And then I got overwhelmed with simple household chores, like emptying the dishwasher.
I thought I was falling apart.
A doctor’s visit in May 2022 changed my life.
Do you ever scroll past memes that are supposed to be funny but you think, “Wait… that actually sounds like me”?
That started happening to me. Instagram began showing me all sorts of ADHD memes and I found myself relating to almost all of them. It was like looking into a mirror.
I wrote down all my symptoms and took them to my doctor, who referred me out to get a diagnosis. And in May 2022, I was officially diagnosed with ADHD.
To know that I wasn’t crazy… to have all my feelings validated. It was a HUGE relief that I can’t even begin to explain.
I’m still a hot mess, but I’m on the right track.
Since then, I realized that a LOT of us feel the same way about meal planning. It’s hard, it’s confusing, it’s overwhelming.
As my overwhelm grew, my ability to eat on a super low budget drained. It was too much work to make all of my own bread and all of those other things people tell you that you “should” make.
Now I know that I can still eat healthy foods even with this new way of thinking. I still use a lot of fresh produce, but know that I can resort to frozen or pre-chopped if my brain turns to mush.
And now it’s my desire to help you do the same thing. Let me show you how to make super easy yet healthy meals, and how to give yourself grace when you just can’t!