Meal planning is by far one of the most helpful habits you can have in your toolbox. Over the last 15 years of raising a family and striving to live a healthy life, I have found that when I take time to plan out my meals for the week, my whole week goes so much more smoothly. There is less stress, I eat better, and I feel better.
I've put together some helpful tips and strategies on how to start your own habit of planning meals.
Benefits to meal planning
Common barriers to meal planning and how to overcome them
Two methods of meal planning
Detailed Meal Planning- for those that need more structure
Mix and Match Meal Planning- for those that resist too much structure or are already practiced with meal planning.
Have some Go-To Meals or planned back-up meal ideas ready, so if something comes up, you don’t find yourself ordering that take-out or having pizza delivered.
Ideas for go-to meals:
Don’t forget to plan healthy snacks, if you like to snack. Limit snacks to 100-250 calories and focus on nutrient dense whole foods.
Lastly, check out this great website service www.realplans.com. For a small monthly fee you get an access to a cool planning tool that makes your shopping list for you and you can access all kinds of recipes. If you have dietary restrictions this is a really helpful tool!
Thanks to Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE for her book "Prediabetes a Complete Guide. Your Lifestyle Reset to Stop Prediabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses" check out her site here for more great resources: https://jillweisenberger.com/jillweisenberger.com/