I hope this is a good place to put this, I am just needing to read other peoples thoughts on this. If it turns into a long rant I am sorry.
My family has been on and off the primal wagon for the last 3ish years. When we went primal at first it was because my DS was getting hives from all forms of wheat, corn, soy, and some fruits (he has since then grown out of all of his food allergies). We did great for over 18 months and then our diet went back to SAD. Then we tried to do gaps to fix my husbands food issues and honestly it sucked. I have never been so miserable in my life and my husband and DS HATED it so we tried to go back to primal but the SAD diet just keeps coming back up in the diet. We committed to going fully primal again back in September and it went great til Halloween and then it just went right back out the window. I feel like no matter how hard I try to do the primal diet I just can not stick with it. I forget to take meat out of the freezer and then we struggle to find something to make for dinner. I am tired of breakfast being just bacon and eggs, I try to make almond flour pancakes and muffins for breakfast but no-one really likes them and they are expensive to make and take forever to get cooked. My DH has said more than once that he is tired of not having treats in the house and honestly no matter how hard I try I just cant seem to get primal treats baked up, cost is a HUGE factor in this. Almond flour is anywhere from $8-$14 a pound around here and when I can get coconut flour its always at least $6 or more. I had a recipe I really liked that used almond flour and almond butter add in some pumpkin for some little pumpkin like muffins, then I did the math and have not made them again. So besides money and what my family is perceiving to be lack of treats and variety every time we are out late or have to leave really early we end up at a fast food joint spending $25 on food that in terms of nutrition and taste sucks. I cant help but think if I invested some time in making muffins and stuff that I can throw in a cooler and take with us I could avoid these places and we could eat some snacks on the way and make it til we get home (we live about 40 minutes from town, asking a 3 year old to wait 40 minutes when he is starving just does not work) I have tried taking fruit and nuts, beef jerky and hard boiled eggs with us but I am the only one who likes nuts or eggs, and DH cant eat fruit so I feel like a failure. I am almost 34 weeks pregnant and I am worried about DH trying to figure out what to do for food for a few weeks once I have the baby. I just want to feed my family good quality very nutritious food, its one of my top priorities but I just feel like the harder I try at this the more I fail. Anyone have any ideas? What would you all do? I see my options as keep trying to be primal and do the best I can at it but then we end up splurging and buying snack cakes and stuff from the store when we go because I just don't have the willpower to say no anymore, or just say screw it and I can make those same snack cakes and then at least it wont be processed and filled with all kinds of artificial crap and preservatives. I know how to make my own breads and pasta, I can make most sauces without packages of stuff. I don't know how to make my own yogurt or anything like that, I have tried many times to make sauerkraut but it never seems to do anything. So now that I feel this did in fact turn out to be a long rant what would you mamas do?