Hello, I hope you’ve been enjoying the #lovemyself2020 Challenge I’ve been taking part in and promoting. Today I’d like to share a bit about taking some extra time to help yourself feel physically and mentally more prepared for your week. The weeks when I do this go much more smoothly for me. I’m talking about a healthy meal plan that is your particular style. A plan that isn’t over complicated and is sustainable to your time, budget and health goals.
Things to Consider
Your Goal. What are you trying to accomplish? Learn to cook? Lose weight? Cook in a more healthy way for your family? Eat for more energy? Training for a marathon or competition? To save money? Identify your goal. It can be more than one of these.
Who Are You Doing This For? Is this for you? Is someone else encouraging you to do this? To be successful at this you need to want to put in the work. Sometimes it’s difficult to get others in your family onboard with your changes. If you need to just focus on yourself, do it!
Are You Picky? This is a mindset you can work on. If you are accustomed to a high sugar/high sodium/processed diet it will take a little getting used to if you decide on a clean eating program. If we are talking about self love and feeling better and more motivated, then the basic thing you can start with is improving your diet and hydration. The thinnest people are not always healthy. A very selective diet will be missing nutrition you need!
More About Mindset I am guilty of this myself. It’s taken me years to get over the feeling that clean eating is restrictive and I’m missing out and should search for “alternatives” to replace foods I “can’t” have. Well, the beauty of clean eating is that you will have fewer cravings. Foods will become better tasting to you too. Overly sweet things will soon taste terrible. I know, strange, but true!
Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish!
Tip 1: Look at your schedule for the week. If you know you are busy around dinner time on this or that evening, then that is the perfect time to plan on having your meal already made and stored in the fridge. Alternatively, on nights you know you have the time to cook something, then do that, and make extra so you will have healthy leftovers. Try not to hide it in a giant bowl that gets buried in the back of the fridge and forgotten about though. I hate it when I do that!
Tip 2: What are some foods you like that you don’t mind eating often? For example, I like to prep hard boiled eggs, overnight oats with chia seeds and fruit, whole beans and quinoa. I can do a lot with these items.
Tip 3: Wash and cut veggies you will snack on during the week. Put them in an airtight container you can grab when you are starved.
Tip 4: Prep yourself a few salads. Not too many, you might get sick of eating the same thing. But just a few. There is something so nice about a pre-made salad. I’m terrible about getting all the veggies out over and over again to wash and cut, so I like to just get this over with at one time.
Tip 5: Use your Crock Pot or Instant Pot to prep different meats. One of my easiest and favorite things to make are chicken breasts or a pork roast simmered in a jar of green salsa verde, then shredded. Works great in a salad, on a sweet potato, with roasted veggies, in a taco… #affiliate
Tip 6: Learn to prepare some healthy versions of soups, chili and curry. Then you can have food prepared for a few meals, or even freeze some of the leftovers for later.
These tips aren’t anything new, but I believe that sometimes you just have to hear something at the right time in your life in order to tune in to it. 🙂 If you’d like more info on cookbooks and small cooking appliances, please refer to my Cooking section of this website.
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