Originally Posted by Yosemite
I get home at 6 pm and have a good, quality meal on the table by 7 or 7:15 latest. It's all about planning.
I do this too. I literally spend hours in the kitchen, sometimes I feel my days are fix a meal, clean the meal, work, fix lunch, clean lunch, work, fix a meal, clean a meal - try to find time for life
Just kidding of course but I easily spend hours each week cooking, cleaning fruits and veggies, cutting foods, doing dishes (even with a dishwasher), etc. I have help in the kitchen but it is still a HUGE commitment, both financially and mentally/physically and also of course time wise. Planning is essential. But I totally love fixing real fresh food, it is so delicious!
What helps me is coming home from the grocery store and going straight to food preps. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, and all need to be washed and stored properly to last a proper amount of time. Plus, I home make a good portion of food for my whole family, and that includes pets (the dogs with direction from my vet and reptiles, I haven't attempted cat food).
We are lucky to have a big fridge/freezer and clean storage space for bulk foods free of pests, and dishes to store the food inside and pots and pans/cutting boards and such to cook with and prepare basic meals, along with cleaning supplies, a working oven and stove, etc. We also live in a rural area and have access to fresh foods at good prices locally. Many people also aren't near as lucky and don't have access to as many good foods on a regular basis, and if they do, they don't have much storage, knowledge, or things to cook with and on, or a combo of all of them. And that doesn't include the time and dedication that is required. I remember some years when I livd in a very small apartment and it was much harder.
And yes, of course, it is all about choices, that is what is life is about when it all comes down to it - regardless of what it is for the most part. And some have an easier time with choices than others due to availability, location, and demographics, among many other factors. For many young people a choice is not available, for instance the bad lunches offered in school cafeterias or bad hospital food devoid of real live nutrients and fresh whole foods. Or those children who are raised on corn syrup formulas. Or kids that don't get a recess anymore.
The pace of life in today's society in America leaves little time for family time and meals for most average citizens. And the options aggressively marketed to those people in a time crunch or as a good deal are often very poor in terms of real nutrition. I hope we can all help each other as a society and nation because that is what it is going to take to reverse this health crisis.