Last week we talked about whole foods and WHY you should eat them.
Today, I want to talk about actually incorporating them into your diet, and PLANNING to do so through starting to meal plan!
I get a TON of emails asking for tips on how to effectively meal plan from all of you awesome peeps, so that’s why we’re going to talk about it today. Last week we talked about the foods to be looking to include in those plans (real food that isn’t from a package, processed and doesn’t contain a bunch of scary ingredients that you can’t pronounce.)
But, I know that a lot of people don’t bother putting the time into creating a healthy meal plan for a few reasons:
- They think they don’t have the time (I’m working on something exciting to help show you that you DO have the time!)
- They think that eating healthy food is expensive. SO, planning a ton of good-for-you meals for your fam is going to be out of the budget.
NUMERO UNO: You’ll know what coupons you need.
When you take time to sit down and find the recipes that you’re going to make that week, this means that you also have a week-long grocery list ahead of time. THIS means that your super-prepared self can look at the weekly flyers BEFORE you go shopping to see if anything from your awesome master list is on sale and actually USE them. How many times have you made an impromptu grocery store run and forget, or didn’t have time, to check the flyers.
Come on. Hands up. You’ve done it A LOT.
NUMERO DOS: You can plan recipes with similar ingredients.
So, Monday you found a recipe that uses ground turkey. HEY, smarty pants, why don’t you search for MORE recipes that use ground turkey that week. Look at you! You just eliminated the need to buy 4000 different ingredients to sustain yourself for the week. There are MANY ways to use a few different ingredients, and planning ahead will let you do that!
NUMERO TRES: ONE grocery shop per week.
If you spend time planning out your meals and making a super awesome master list, you will only have to go to the grocery store ONCE per week. Let’s be honest: when you don’t plan, how many random trips to the store do you make during the week? Do you know how much those things add up? Especially because, at least for me, those times tend to happen when I have a last minute craving for something, which turns into a craving for a zillion more things that I see when I go to the store.
I then come home with a bunch of food I don’t need, and I spent a bunch of moolah that I really did not need to.