Welcome to Week 25 of the 52 weeks to a better you journey.
Week 25! If you have been doing this journey with me, you should be noticing some good changes in your life. Changes to become a better you. I’ve had some success in my baby steps. You can read about a surprise I had here. What things have improved for you?
Make a meal plan
This is an important thing because, let’s face it, most of us are more apt to fall into bad habits when we do not have plans in place for good ones. Eating is a particular area of problems, because there are a lot of bad foods that are available for quick and cheap.
My solution for this is meal planning.
I began to plan meals when our family was living on a limited income while my husband went back to school to finish his degree. Just planning our meals and shopping accordingly made our lives financially easier.
I purchase a lot of junk back then because I was more concerned with having cheap food that the kids liked. Who am I kidding? I mean cheap food that I liked. 🙂
There was no denying that making a food plan helped. I could tweak the meals depending on how much money we had to spend that week. It took away some of my stress and inclination for impulse purchasing.
Now that I have begun this journey for becoming a better me, I have been using my meal plan to eat healthier.
A meal plan can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. I tend to make meal plans for dinner because those are meals for the family. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks do not change much for me so I just make sure I keep certain staple foods on hand for those meals. I just list the dinners I want to make that week on a notepad that I can refer to every day. It also helps me with making my grocery list. See this post on how to make a grocery list and this post for why you should have a grocery list when you shop.
Meal plans help us eat better and spend our money a little wiser.
Baby step for this week: Make a meal plan. If you do not do that already, start with one meal and plan for the week. That’s okay if one meal is your baby step. For someone super organized, maybe your baby step will be meal planning for all of your meals. Don’t get overwhelmed, just take that baby step. List each day and what you plan to eat for that meal. Try to stick to it, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t. Life happens. Plans change. There are many times when I move a meal to the next week because something came up and we had something different during the week.
What about you?
What meals will you make a plan for?
What tips do you have for others trying to make meal plans?
Share your journey with us!