Trouble Meal Planning? Here’s Some Tips

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Have you been in that situation where it comes time to make dinner we’re looking fridge we have no idea what are going to make a bit of stress starts to set in and we feel anxious because we are unsure if what we are eating is moving us closer towards our goals or further away.

and it’s not because we are trying it’s because we don’t always have the time to prepare and plan a healthy meal plan in advance. Willie very busy lives you have ingredients on hand time to make healthy meals isn’t always a priority.

meaning of and we revert back to our old ways of doing things as it is easier and less stressful.

so what are some of the implications of not being able to plan out healthy meals and what can we do about it

well as we know what we eat and put into our bodies is a huge pot about healthy eating program if we just eat anything say junk food for example it isn’t moving us closer to the goals for the ideal lifestyle we desire.

which in turn leads to lack of motivation you can become overwhelming and confusing we might revert back to old habits. we can have a blowout where we fall off the wagon so to speak and binge and indulge in all the stuff we know we shouldn’t have. which in the end makes us feel worse about ourselves which in turn hurt your motivation how to eat clean only a healthy lifestyle.

so the challenge is to me To make better choices save time as much as possible and remove all the time consuming challenges such as calorie counting creating a shopping list creating a plan and finding recipes to suit your preferences for what you like to eat.

and of course making it easy to stick to long term buy building in by that I mean if you feel like a treat something you feel like you shouldn’t have you should allow yourself to have that and not get caught up in the negative feelings associated with that. enjoy your treats save them and then get back on to the healthy plan.

if we can do all these things sticking to the plan long term and make me a part of your lifestyle is going to be much easier. we won’t have that sense of overwhelm stress disappointment or even feeling inadequate because we haven’t been able to stick to it.

focus on setting things up so you can win take it slow and don’t worry about getting it right the first time. rigid and inflexible plans hard to stick to as soon as something goes wrong or your routine changes or you have a bad day you can derail your progress and it’s hard to recover from. which in turn lead you back to old habits and nothing changes.

so what can you do to help meal planning and avoid these challenges

have a plan around your needs so decide what you want to eat what you do not want to eat whether you’re dairy free gluten free I want to avoid a particular food you can do that.

make it flexible and easy to use start out small and take the pressure so you can be relaxed and make better choices and build that have it overtime. expect that your routine will be disrupted and you won’t always be able to follow your plan 100 percent of the time. if you plan for this you will be less likely to fall off the wagon and have a massive blowout which can derail your progress.

recognise that small steps repeated add up to a big result in the end hope you feeling overwhelmed or confused apply the 80/20 rule and think about how you can make small changes that will have a big impact like for example eating more vegetables substituting ingredients for healthier ingredients drinking more water having a time of the week where you sit down for sale in 20 minutes and plan out the next weeks worth of meals set an appointment in your diary or calendar so you know when that time arrives you and planning mode and can create a habit.

think about cooking large batch sizes and freeze meals for emergency situations when you run out of an ingredient or you’re feeling like you don’t want to cook you’ve always got something on hand to help you get through those challenging..

Schedule times where you can indulge so you might call this your reward day you might have some of your favourite food which you might otherwise not have Surrender at 2 Take Away going out for a nice meal having some chocolate here and there that’s ok because the desire for those foods is not going to go away easily so we might as well incorporate that into the plan and not make you feel guilty phrenology I always recommend saving enjoying those treats.

we will we want to remove the feeling of guilt because that is not helpful 2 hour mindset

keep food diary so write down everything that you do at the moment in your routine around making meals grocery shopping and what you buy Simply by just writing all this down you will identify areas where you can make small changes that won’t disrupt your routine that much this is a good idea when you have fussy children 453 Potter he doesn’t necessarily support your healthy eating habits.

it’s easier to ease them into the change if you only make small changes at a time and also help you because Palace likely to put up resistance and protest the change in routine. taking a picture of you of course so you can focus on your goals.

so when starting out trying to change your meal planning habits focus on the 80/20 principle meaning do the things that are going to give you the best results the least amount of effort. make changes slowly, and keep track of what you do in a food diary so you can reflect NC for yourself it is you do on a day to day week to week basis with your food habits.

this is a way of self coaching yourself to a better more successful meal planning approach. reduces overwhelm stress and anxiety because you’re able to make better choices and being in control and not have to worry so much about the process.

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11 Comments

  • Grace

    Reply Reply March 15, 2016

    Interesting post since you basically described me. I look forward to this 80/20 approach. Hopefully This will help me not reach for the easy unhealthy foods now. 🙂 thanks

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply March 17, 2016

      glad you got something out of reading this post 80/20 rule really works well!

  • Amber

    Reply Reply March 16, 2016

    That’s what I do, when I get in a cooking mood, I cook a bunch of meals and freeze them. THEN it’s super easy to thaw and heat up. It’s saves time during the week and I’m less likely to grab the bad meal instead. 🙂

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply March 17, 2016

      It is always a great option to save time and reduce temptation to buy things like takeaways if we are left with no more healthy choices in the fridge. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kim Rawks

    Reply Reply March 17, 2016

    Great tips! I think planning for meals and shopping ahead of time is the key. Barring unexpected things, I know I’m having grilled salmon and asparagus Sunday night, for example.

    • Jennifer

      Reply Reply March 21, 2016

      I envy you, Kim. I get too busy to have that level of planning. I do keep healthy choice around, though.

  • Tammy

    Reply Reply March 18, 2016

    I like to make a schedule for the week of my meals. I plan my meals around my busy schdule. Easier meals on busy days and harder means on days I have nothing to do.

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply March 18, 2016

    Interesting how the 80/20 rule can be applied to so many things – even healthy eating. Very informative post. Perhaps there is an app that can help with planning.

  • Lynn

    Reply Reply March 19, 2016

    If I get rid of all the unhealthy snacks at once is that a bad thing to do? Im a little nervous about binge eating when I come across an easy fattening treat when out somewhere or running to a late night fast foos place. I’m not sure what to do…

  • margaret Venes

    Reply Reply April 3, 2016

    Before I commit to trying this plan I need to know if this is a high protein plan as I can’t tolerate high amounts of protein.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply April 4, 2016

      Hi Margaret, you can adjust the macro nutrient ratios inside the program to suit, we have them set to the default level recommended by nutritionist hope that helps!

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