Spending too much money eating out every day? Don’t have the time to cook, or even feel like when you get home from work?
As human beings we hate to fail…be it big or small tasks. One important tool to remember is the 5 P’s: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. In short, the simple notion that we are much less likely the set ourselves up for failure if we have a plan of action!
Not unlike most areas in our lives, we just need to take the time, and planning our meals for the week is no different. Need some help or a little push to get started?
Try the 5 steps below to get you excited (and less stressed) to plan your meals!
Check Your Schedule (and the Weather!)
Take a look at what your week is going to be like. We all know a myriad of things can come up in a moments notice, but if you know you will be traveling most of the week or in meetings for big chunks of the day, these are contributing factors for what foods you should try to prepare. For example, if you’ll be driving for majority of the day it might not be the best week for foods you need to reheat! Instead opt for cold food you can have in a cooler or that will be fine staying room temperature.
It’s also a great idea to check the weather for the week. If it’s going to be soaring into 90 degree weather that big crock-pot of chicken noodle soup might not sound great when lunch time rolls around. Also keep the season in mind, this can also effect your food-mood in terms of not only weather, but what is in season at the grocery store.
Make A List
Put it in writing! Let’s be honest, actually taking the time to sit down and write out a plan is half the battle! Jot down some ideas of what might sound good for the week and then start to finalize a grocery list. You’ll be less overwhelmed once you make it to the grocery store and begin to prepare your meals in the kitchen. Making a list will also allow you to save money! Going in to the store prepared will leave less room for impulse buys and overspending.
Create a space to get inspired as well as keep yourself organized. I personally use Pinterest immensely to organize my recipes and recipes for clients (“clients”-right wording?). It’s also a great tool to use when you’re craving a certain ingredient or type of food like “chicken” or “healthy pasta.”
Give Yourself Options
When you reach for your lunch are you thinking… “Finally! Can’t wait to eat this amazing lunch I packed!” or more along the lines of “Ugh, why did this sound good at the time? This sounds horrible! I wonder if I should just go grab something else…”
You need to actually LIKE what you’ve prepared for your meals if you want to eat them. If you don’t want to suffer through your meals leave yourself some room to play. Cut down some recipes to make room for another. You might want a turkey sandwich with the works on Monday, but come Thursday you’d rather eat, well…just about anything else.
Buy Some New Tupperware
If you’ve had a similar experience and some not-very-funny kitchen cabinet nemesis has taken only the lids to various pieces of tupperware–it might be time to just start fresh! When you have a variety of sizes and shapes it will make packing your meals a breeze. It goes hand and hand with buying a great new pair of running shoes or workout pants to get you motivated again when it comes to your workouts…in fact, I think a new pair of workout pants could help you get motivated to meal plan as well.