Help Needed

Puppies ruin your diet.
I’m going to go ahead and assume that babies do the same thing.
Since Archie came home, we dedicate at least 70% of our time and attention to him (when he’s awake). That remaining 30% is spent enjoying each others company or relaxing on the couch.
We haven’t been to the gym and have been eating crap.
No seriously, I’ve ordered pizza at LEAST 4 times in 2 weeks.
(Try the new deep dish Dominos, you won’t regret it!)

Part of the issue is this:
I’m a vegetarian.
And I just never have any good meal ideas.
I need some quick, go-to meals that I can whip up in about 20 minutes or less.
And I need simple ingredients.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to make something that looks delicious and found out I need something totally ridiculous like fresh mint or curry paste. WTF. Those are not staples that people just keep in their kitchen.

So tell me, Moms out there.
How do you do it?
Does meal planning help?
Does anyone have a good website for finding simple meal ideas?
What about a must-have cookbook?

I’m lucky enough that I can pretty much eat whatever and not work out and body-wise, not much changes. I know it won’t always be this way so I’m trying to establish good habits now. I was doing so well until Archie. 

We do a lot of this.

I will say that I have been walking a lot more. Obviously this isn’t nearly as good for me as my old-lady Step classes I usually take at the YMCA. But it’s not like I’m completely sedentary. 

So does anyone have any tips for how to get things done, cook actual dinners, and maybe even get a work out in while keeping this adorable furball from eating my coffee table?
So far I’ve resorted to just carrying him around a lot. I’m worried that I’m screwing him up by doing that and really, he’s getting kind of heavy already. 

In summary…help!

  • omg! our pup is 7 months old, and i still haven’t figured this out either! luckily my husband cooks, but i can’t figure out when to work out! i walk more too now..but i feel bad putting him back in the crate when he’s been in there the whole work day – to get a real workout in! it’s got to be easier with babies since they won’t try to eat the coffee table, right?? 🙂 maybe i just need to wake up at 5am to get a work out in? ugh!

  • This is going to be the least helpful comment EV-ER because I still haven’t figured out how to work in exercise and healthy eating in my super busy schedule. I just wanted to say goldens are the best dogs in the world, the entire world (!) and my life would be so empty with out my little (80lb) Oliver 🙂 Once you make it through the next few months of hell (let’s be honest, it lasts at least a year and a half) it will be so worth it!

  • I’m a vegetarian too, and I totally know what you mean about going to try a recipe and half the ingredients are something ridic that no one keeps on hand. One of my fave go – to easy dinner dishes is pasta [i usually use whole wheat] with tomatoes, broccoli, olive oil, garlic and feta cheese. Its sooo easy and everyone loves it. I just cut up tomatoes and set them in olive oil with a little of the jarred minced garlic. I boil the pasta and throw fresh or frozen broccoli in with the pasta for the last few mins. Drain, add to the tomatoes and olive oil and add feta cheese and black pepper. Done! We have 2 dogs, a golden who is 6 and a german shepherd who is 1.5 and he is a handful still – plus we work a lot so easy one-dish dinners are the best. Another fave is of course throwing a bunch of veggies, lentils and barley in the crock pot with veggie boullion and a splash of red wine and cooking that all day. There are a couple recipes on my blog and my pinterest page too that are easy and veg. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • I don’t know if you’re crate training him, but honestly, when I needed to get something done, I would put Bronx in his crate because I knew he wouldn’t be getting into trouble and he wouldn’t be going to the bathroom somewhere. I really recommend crate training for this exact reason. He’ll be able to get comfy in there (some vets suggest you feed him in there so that he begins to associate the crate with food) and he won’t want to go to the bathroom because that’s his little home. Bronxy loves his crate and goes in there anytime he can!

  • If you want to post a million Archie pics I don’t think anyone would mind. Cutest.golden.ever.

  • When he gets older, a great workout is just taking him to long walks, it’s a great combination of spending time with the dog and doing some exercise. For me, walking a lot does magic both in keeping the same weight and in toning my legs too! As for the recipes: have you tried cous cous? It’s super quick and you can mix it with any vegetables or dressing you can think of. You just put the cous cous in a bowl, pour hot broth (or water) over it and let it soak until the water’s gone, mix it with cooked veggies and add whatever seasonings or dressing you like, and that’s it!

  • Aww he is getting bigger so quickly!! As far as meal planning, I’m horrible with that too and I have no puppy and do eat meat. So at least you have a couple excuses. Our go-to is tacos..always!

  • You will save a lot of time and money if you plan your meals each week. Some people do months or more but I do a week at a time. You don’t even have to plan what to have on what day – but just plan like 6 meals you’ll have that week and making going to the store and leave a night to go out (you can always move stuff around). I promise I didn’t believe people – I’ve been doing it for two years now – so helpful!

  • PS Love the Twilight books on your shelves

  • I’m not a mom buuut I’m a graduate who hardly has time to do anything beyond study. I do a lot of meal planning so that 1) I know what I’m making and 2) I don’t waste food. I’m a veggie too and I love sautéing veggies and making yummy quinoa.

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