TOP 3 MEAL PLANNING TIPS
(Part 1 of 3 part series)
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Whether you do this electronically or with paper and pen, the MOST IMPORTANT step to sticking to your nutrition goals is to have a plan.
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE:Don’t stress about finding a recipe for each meal, each day of the week. Holy smokes that would have us going crazy. If you like eggs, scramble them one morning and make an omelet the next. Like oatmeal, make a big batch and have it 2 days in a row. Love your Shakeology? Drink it everyday for your snack. Do you enjoy fruit? Have it as a snack in the afternoon. Rather have carrots? Grab a bag and take them as a snack. The point is… DO NOT treat your meal plan like a revolving gourmet restaurant.
2. REPEAT MAIN INGREDIENTS:If you plan it right, you can make a batch of your main ingredient for one night’s dinner and then use the rest for the next days lunch. For example, we will have meatballs and spaghetti tonight but I’ll make a big batch so we can have meatball “subs” tomorrow. I’m planning on BBQ Chicken wraps one night, and then using it again for a BBQ Chicken Slaw salad the next day for lunch. This makes planning and prepping so much faster.
3. PLAN AHEAD… BUT NOT TOO FAR AHEAD: 9 out of 10 times you’ll need to make a mid-week grocery run. For us that is either Wednesday or Thursday, so we leave our plan “flexible” Friday – Sunday because we may have leftovers that can be used or something may get planned and we won’t be around on the weekend now. Instead of stressing about the food that is going to go to waste, don’t plan those days until you need to. We waste FAR LESS food now by doing mid-week planning and prepping.
4. BE FLEXIBLE: For us, we aim to follow our plan 90% of the time. Let’s face it, things come up and we have to have the flexibility to make “on the fly adjustments”. But here is the thing, if it isn’t exactly aligned with your plan, DO NOT feel guilty about it. Just jump right back on track for the next meal.
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