Despite my request for it to be, life is not perfect! This last week alone brought me a trip to the airport to drop of Al (my boyfriend) and then another to pick him up. We were also graced with a fender bender! Little Princess (the 5 year old I take care of) and I were able to make it to the zoo for a sunny day trip and we also had a few play dates.
Since it’s all over, it was a good week. The reason I wouldn’t classify it as great – other than the obvious above – is the fact that my eating was terribly off. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that yesterday was the Greek Orthodox Easter (Al’s family celebrates it), which meant only one thing; bread and wine galore!!!
To top it off, I have some lovely food allergies. They come in the form of yeast, wheat, and dairy. I’m sure you have heard the saying “Fail to plan, plan to fail”. And I can attest to this. For me, and my stage of life, my best bet is to take a good chunk of time every other week to plan, plan, plan and cook, cook, cook! Because I’ve learned that if I don’t plan, then I’m almost guaranteed to feel sick, tired, and like my pants don’t fit.
I highly doubt you have NEVER heard someone say that they plan out their meals before hand but what does that mean?
Well, it means that I take out my planner and write down (after some website browsing and food dreaming) 12 meals that I want to cook. The reason for the number 12 is that I cook doubles of dinner so that I can eat them the next day for lunch. Also, realistically I eat away from home once a week whether at a family members house or at a restaurant. During each bi-weekly plan I make, I also eat the same in-between-meal snacks every day. For instance, this week my between lunch and dinner snack are 2 energy bites. Then I keep on hand (in my purse) a piece of fruit in case I get hungry between breakfast and lunch and breakfast usually consist of coconut flour pancakes.
Since the planning is done, next comes the prep work. After planning my meals, I make a grocery shopping list based on my plan. Once I am home from the store, I freeze things according to the amount I am going to cook at a time. I also make my batch of pancakes and my energy bites in advance and then store them in the refrigerator and freezer.
Every morning after my cardio, I pull out the meat that I am going to use for dinner. While cooking dinner, I usually throw that piece of fruit I was talking about into my purse for the next day. After eating dinner, I put the extra serving of dinner in it’s appropriate container for the next days lunch.
When I first started doing this, it was very difficult. Over time though, I have developed a routine and it almost get’s done without thinking. In fact, I recently created a word-document to help me in my planning and I thought I would share it with you.
I am more than confident that with a little bit of effort, anyone can be successful at meal planning.
Maybe you already meal plan. If you do how do you set up your routine?