So, here we are again on Sunday afternoon… you know Summer is fast approaching and you want to make this the week you FINALLY start eating healthy and cooking at home.
However, we’ve been here before: super motivated and with all the best intentions in the world BUT the healthy eating and cooking part never actually happens.
No worries guys, I’m here to help!
I feel at this point I have the whole meal planning thing down to a science and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for setting yourself up for success since we all know the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.
How to set yourself up to actually eat healthy this week in 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Grab your calendar, planner or phone and a sheet of paper and write down the days of the week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…etc. Then write down whatever events/business dinners/afternoon workouts you have on those days. It’s incredibly important to visualize your week and understand what nights you’re realistically going to cook dinner v. eat out. If you’re new to meal planning I wouldn’t worry about the whole week and just focus on the M-F work week.
Call me crazy but I seriously do write down all my meals, my plans and grocery list every single week!
Step 2: Once you have an understanding of the nights you’ll be eating at home and the amount of time you’ll have those nights to cook it’s time to think of your meals.
Need some healthy meal ideas?
Last week I shared some meals that can be prepared in 10 minutes or less so these might be great options for Tuesday’s after your evening spin class. Or maybe Thursdays are your rest day from the gym and you don’t have plans so you want to cook something a little more elaborate. You do you! I also am OBSESSED with Skinnytaste and PaleOMG for healthy meal ideas.
Oh and another tip, I live by the method of always making double so you have a portion for dinner and lunch the next day. It will save you SO MUCH MONEY and allows you to also eat a healthy lunch.
This tuna melt from my ‘3 Healthy Meals Ready In 10 Minutes OR LESS’ post is an awesome dinner option for those very busy nights!
Step 3: Before heading to the store write down a grocery list of only what you need for your planned meals, breakfasts and snacks. This makes shopping easier, faster, cheaper AND prevents you from adding in a bunch of junk you don’t need. I know when I don’t have a list chips, crackers, sweets always seem to sneak into my cart.
Step 4: This is pretty straightforward but simply stick to it and hold yourself accountable. I’m always so proud of myself when I spend $80 for the entire week of breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinners instead of a $15 salad for lunch and $20 dinner. Not only am I saving money but am eating WAY healthier.
Do you plan your meals at the beginning of the week?
What about grocery lists…do you always make one before heading to the store?
What tips do you have for eating just a little healthier this week?