Today we are so happy to offer Rhythm of the Home readers a chance to win an annual subscription to the Whole Family Kitchen meal plan series. Some of you may remember that Nicole, who owns and operates Whole Family Kitchen, was a contributor to the Being series here on the blog a couple of months back. She offered to return today so that we can share a bit more about her business, and offer readers here a chance to try out her fantastic meal planning service.
Nicole first found herself looking towards eating a more whole foods based diet after the birth of her first son, who seemed to have challenges related to food almost from the beginning. As she looked for ways to help her son, her family began to look to whole foods for healing and balanced nutrition. The end result of the research, planning, and hours of cooking that Nicole did is Whole Family Kitchen. Through the Whole Family Kitchen website, Nicole offers annual subscriptions to either gluten or grain-free meal plans, as well as regular blog posts on finding practical and tasty ways to incorporate whole foods into daily living. She also offers cooking tutorials that cover whole foods based kitchen basics such as making stock.
As some readers may already be aware, my (ROTH associate editor Annie speaking here) own family went gluten-free a little over a year ago, when my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. I have always considered myself a cook, and love feeding my family healthy, delicious meals. But the combination of a new baby, a new diet, and the final year of my husband’s medical school education proved to be a bit more than I could sanely manage to take on. I found myself floundering in the process of meal planning and then actually having the time and energy to follow through with any plans I did make. And, I found that my plans were lacking in many ways. As time went on, instead of getting better at planning for our new diet, I was getting increasingly overwhelmed.
On a whim, I signed up for Whole Family Kitchen. It has been about eight weeks since that day, and I have to say that the Whole Family Kitchen meal plans are probably the best thing that have happened to my family in a very long time. The recipes are awesome, in large part because they are creative and interesting, and the inclusion of the weekly shopping list is pretty key for someone like myself right now. I have found that the plans are incredibly practical and feasible, but are also very clever and include tons of stuff I would never have thought of myself! Perhaps the biggest benefit of having signed up for the annual plan is the fact that much of my anxiety about meals has been alleviated. For my family, part of the healing process involved with our daughter’s celiac diagnosis goes beyond just physical health; it is also about finding a rhythm with healthy cooking and eating habits that make us feel as though we are finally on the right track.
There is a lot to be said for the mental healing that happens when you finally feel that you are making and eating the right kinds of foods for your body and offering those things to your growing children too. I didn’t realize just how large this loomed in my consciousness until the day that I found myself at the computer, deleting all the photos of wheat-laden foods I had given my daughter in the past. Apparently, I had some issues. And this fact is one of the reasons why finding Nicole and Whole Family Kitchen has been such a blessing for us. If any of you find that you are also trying to sort out the process of making whole foods based eating easier and more practical, while also trying to get them to taste good enough that your kids will eat them, I think that it is very much worth checking out Nicole’s site. I can’t tell you how glad I am that we did!
Today Nicole is offering one Rhythm of the Home Reader a free annual subscription to Whole Family Kitchen. To enter, leave a comment on this post. We will pick a winner via random number generator next Friday, May 17th. Nicole is also offering ROTH readers a 30% discount on Whole Family Kitchen plans! Enter “RHYTHM30″ at checkout between now and the end of May to redeem the discount.