The Easiest Steps to Meal Planning

Planning meals ahead of time will save you time and money. It will ease your stress levels each day as your dinner plans are already made. It will also help you to eat healthier. Below are some advantages of planning each meal.

  • Your kitchen cupboards and refrigerator will be stocked with healthy food.
  • The stress level in your life will be less as you don’t have to do ‘The 5 Minutes until Dinner – Now What?’ Dance.
  • You’ll save time and money because you will make fewer trips to the grocery store
  • Your family’s stress level will go down as they don’t get caught up in the nightly family strife over eating the same ole thing
  • Since each dinner is planned you will not indulged in so many fast food, high calorie meals because you won’t have to go through the hassle of ‘what do I fix tonight?’
  • Did I mention the stress level will go down in your life and in those around you? As your kids get shuffled off to practice they are actually going to miss not being around you
  • You will find that you have increased the variety of foods you eat each week creating a well balanced diet.
  • Dinner time will become a relaxed enjoyable time for the family to spend together.

There’s no doubt that planning your meals is not only crucial to achieving your best body, but also extremely challenging! Today’s hectic lifestyles make “grab and go” a lot more likely than “sit and relax”.

Who’s got the time to make it all happen?

You can achieve your best health and enjoy great food- the key lies in your ability to plan.

Planning your first week of meals is easier than you think.

  • Write down your family’s favorite meals. To help you out, list the dinner meals you ate last week. You might need to ask your kids for help. Shoot to write down five to seven meals.
  • Tweak these meals if they need to be healthier versions. You’re looking to fill your plate with lots of Protein, Produce and Water.
  • List out 2 or 3 PPW (Protein Produce and Water) breakfast meals you enjoy eating.
  • Alternate these meals on your menu plan the first week. Remember breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional. Eating leftovers at breakfast makes things quick to reheat.
  • Lunch is next. Do you have time to make a meal each day for lunch or is leftovers a better choice. Remember “Simple is easiest, Simple is best”
  • If you choose to make your meals, prep as much as you can the night before.
  • Lunch can be easy. Baked chicken from the night before takes on a whole new appearance on top of a salad. Don’t have leftover chicken? Open a can/bag of tuna to place on top of the salad. Another option is to grab a few hard boiled eggs and make egg salad using an avocado as the mayonnaise. Add in a variety of raw veggies and your lunch is complete.

Knowing is only half the battle. Even if you know what’s good and expect to eat supportively, if the foods aren’t around when it’s time to eat, it’s hard to succeed.

Planning is half of the battle. Speaking of planning, make a grocery list. Using your meal plan as a guide to what you need to pick up list out the foods to buy.

You can make this happen! It takes a little planning and dedication once a week to get your plan on track.

To Your best health,

Coach Nancy

Georgie Fear allowed me to use her Meal Plan flowchart. Sums up when we eat, now make a plan for what to eat. 

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