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How do you plan your meals?

Saturday, December 08, 2012

I'm still not there with my sparking.
So I have decided to break it down, and tackle one problem at a time.
I suck at meal planning atm. I'm living between 2 houses.
Half the time it feels pointless to shop, when I'm around for a only a few days.
I head out hungry, no shopping list, end up with half the ingredients for a decent meal, and a load of instant fixes.
Guess which gets used first!
I often end up eating out, or sitting in on a unsuitable house meal.
Purely because I have no sense of timing or preparation. ( And I'm lazy!)

I am going to build up a database of meals, using sparkrecipes.
Use this and the meal planner to generate a weekly shopping list.

I think it would be a good idea to give myself a set lunch and dinner time too.
Avoid handing over my decision making skills, to the hungry me. She is crazy!

How do you manage your meal time?

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    I eat as soon as I get up, at 12 or after, and at 5 or after.

    We don't live near any shops so most of my food is long life or freezable. I freeze meat in individual portions (but have to remember to defrost them the day before I want them). The only short life stuff I buy is the fruit & veg. Most other stuff lasts a week or two in the fridge.

    I'd say the key for you is get a menu sorted out where you are using things that will keep if they're not used, and have lots of options that you can cook from store cupboard items, then just add your fresh fruit & vegs to it.

    Also, don't just do one menu and shopping list, do several so you don't get bored.

    PS Nice goals on the 2013 team! :-)

    1958 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2012 3:17:53 AM
    I can relate to what you are facing. During the time I worked full time, I always ate a breakfast - lunch and dinner varied depending upon where I was and what I was doing, so lots of these were eaten out or very late in the day.

    Since I started back with SP I have tried to develope a better routine - I too, live and cook in 2 different places so understand your challenge. One place I am cooking for my fiance and his son and taking into account their 'likes and dislikes', and the 2nd place I'm cooking for myself only. I try to eat out less, but when I do try to make healthy choices; doggy bag part if portion is large.

    I cook from scratch, no / limited prepared ingredients (they have too much sugar and salt) I will cook in larger batches, Then portion out into serving sizes, and freeze that can be heated in the microwave and served within 10-20 minutes max when I don't want to cook or don't have time. (soups are great for this)

    I buy lots of vegetables, and when I go to my fiance's I often cart them with me to his place, as he doesn't buy many fresh vegetables, and his frozen are usually peas,carrots and corn! So we enjoy greater variety when I cook.

    My fiance likes to eat at 3 different, given times, per day - breakfast, lunch, dinner - so I have more of a schedule with him, than when I am on my own, I still struggle with 'set' times, but still eat a breakfast, lunch and dinner - but 'track' everything I eat, so I stay within my calorie range.

    Suggest, you continue to tackle your 'challenges' one at a time, and remember it takes time to create a new routine; so don't be too hard on yourself.

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    1963 days ago
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