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I wanted to share a little bit about this since it has been one of the most important aspect in my healthy lifestyle/weight loss journey. It’s a simple thing to do, but it can save you money and also save you from the temptation of eating random snacks/meals. It’s meal planning! Interested in seeing what I do? Keep reading!
I must admit that I had fallen off the wagon a little bit, but I have been diligently working on getting back into the habit of working on my meal planning. Usually Thursdays or Saturdays I will sit down and begin thinking about what meals to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and also any snacks in between. This helps me plan out my grocery list for Sundays, however, I do my “heavy” grocery shopping on pay weeks (bi-weekly) so that way I don’t overspend.
You will also notice that I don’t plan out my weekends, however, I do track what I eat. In my opinion, the weekends should be utilized to have fun and do whatever you want. Your diet shouldn’t run your life or dictate when you can hang out with your friends. The only reason why I keep track of what I eat is for health reasons. If I’m not feeling too good come Monday or I’m experiencing a lot of tummy issues, I often look back on the weekend and what I ate and I can usually find the culprit.
Yes, I know it’s weird, but I start with dinner because that tends to dictate a lot in regards to grocery shopping. It will also help me plan out my other meals. When it comes to planning out my dinners, I try to double the portion sizes because I want to be able to use the leftovers for other meals. So you will see that I like to have hearty dinners.
I also always consider making my comfort foods, which usually consists of chicken katsu, teriyaki beef, spam, or breakfast foods, but I try to use them when I’m pressed for time because they are easy to whip up.
It’s always good to have simple recipes that you can easily put together on nights when you know you have a late appointment or you have a short evening because you need to wake up earlier in the morning.
For me planning out lunches are relatively easy because I rely on leftovers – it’s a good thing that I really enjoy leftovers. All I have to do is put a little reminder as to what needs to be prepped the night before in regards to my lunch. Sometimes it’s cutting up extra veggies or putting condiments in containers so that they’re ready to go the next morning.
I personally love having a morning routine because I don’t have to think and trust me, I am not a morning person! I’m usually not fully awake till 11:00AM. Anyhow, because of my routine, I have the same thing for breakfast almost every morning – tofu scramble. How do I not get sick of it you ask? I always add something to it, whether it be more veggies, the Morning Star Crumbles, or other condiments like sun dried tomato pesto. If I’m extremely hungry, I will cook up some sausage or heat up leftovers as a side.
Snacks are life! Well, I mainly love snacks because that’s when I can have my string cheese – I love cheese so any time I can incorporate it into something it’s the best. I have an aresnal of favorite snacks that I like to go through and depending on the day/week it could change, but my favorites are:
- String cheese (obviously)
- Mini Kind Bars
- Strawberries (about 3)
I also always have my ketones when I have my snacks.
So here’s the layout for this week! Now that my meals are planned out I make a list of groceries on the side which is based off of these meals. I also planned ahead for next week since it’s not a pay week and I want to ensure that I have enough groceries to last me. I will also go through my pantry and add in any snacks that I may be running low on like my mini Kind bars.
Benefits of Meal Planning:
- You stay on your diet: Since you have a list of groceries you need to pick up, you will be less tempted to just buy whatever looks good that day at the grocery store. It will also help you stock your pantry, refrigerator and freezer with better options.
- You can save money: No, I’m not talking about coupons, I’m talking about actually using up what you buy. I mean think about it, how many times have you found packages of veggies or fruits that have gone bad and thought to yourself, “Oh! I forgot I bought these.” and you end up throwing them away. It happened way too often with me and all I see is money being thrown away. When I buy what I need, I find myself constantly going through everything that I buy and nothing is going to waste because it got pushed back in the refrigerator.
- Switch it up: You can also plan to try out new recipes that you have had your eye on! Plan it on a day that won’t be too hectic for you and doesn’t take too long to prepare. It’s easy to incorporate new foods/recipes.
I want to see what your Meal Planner looks like! Tag me @ciaociao808 in your Instagram post! Or you can link your instagram in the comments below!