Yesterday I talked about getting back on track with my money and my health. Today, I’m going to go into a bit more detail about my meal plan.
I’ve mentioned before that meal planning is not my favourite activity – I’m actually pretty bad at it. That said, I’m also sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time. So for one week (starting at dinner today, April 5th, till Saturday, April 11th) I’ll be following a healthy meal plan comprised of recipes I already love, and new ones I haven’t tried yet.
In terms of keeping things healthy, I don’t want to start out too crazy. Counting calories has always left me confused and/or hungry (maybe I was confused because I was so hungry?) and having to measure out everything exactly takes the ease and time-saving aspect out of meal planning for me. So here are the guidelines I plan to use in order to stay on track:
1. Every breakfast will be accompanied by a piece fruit, and every lunch and dinner will have a side salad (that contains at least 3 veggies).
2. Snacking is not to be feared. I’m probably going to get hungry at weird times this week. I know I overeat, and that my portion sizes are out of control, so moving to reasonable-size meals is going to make me feel hungry, a lot! Instead of running to the food court and grabbing a cookie I’m going to make sure I have healthy snacks on hand.
3. Drink lots of water! I’m aiming for one glass of water every 1.5 hours. I know I don’t hydrate enough, and drinking lots of water will hopefully help with point #2.
4. Keep the plan visible and look at it every day. It’s easy to slip up and go meet a friend for dinner or “forget” your lunch in the fridge. Keep the plan visible and at the front of your mind so you remember what you’re looking for.
Do you follow a healthy meal plan? What kind of results have you seen?