Eating a healthy diet can be a hassle. It tests your patience, commitment to eating well, and your ability to budget.
First, you have to find recipes that appeal to you. Then you have to make a grocery list of all the ingredients in the meals you plan to cook. After this, it’s off to the store to buy ingredients. Then you come home and spend up to a few hours cooking your food. Once your meals are prepared, you have to grab a sponge and clean up your mess.
Two days later, it’s time to begin this whole song and dance again. Sweet!
You might even end up scrapping the whole cooking idea and order your meals instead. This is not a budget friendly option.
Of course it would be easier and cheaper to hit up the dollar menu of different fast food restaurants all week. It’s quick and requires no planning or clean up on your part. But like spending all your free time sitting on the couch watching TV, this is not a sensible option.
Approach meal planning like your time at the gym. Commit, commit, commit.
Every week I look at my schedule and commit to five days that I plan on going to the gym. I give myself room to make one change in the event of an unforeseen event, but that’s it.
Do the same with your meal planning. Sit down on a day that works for you and plan out your meals for the week. Plan your meals for six days of the week, this gives you one wildcard day on the weekend to eat what and where you please. Break the week up into two, three-day chunks, with a trip to the grocery store in the middle. If two trips to the store isn’t an option for you, choose one day to head to the store to buy your food for the week.
Another option is to set yourself up on a meal plan like they offer at Origin Meals to get you through the week.
Keep it simple to set yourself up for success.