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December Healthy Meal Challenge

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I realized I didn't complete my thought yesterday. The other part of tracking is planning. Well, I have to give this a real go. I would like to believe if the plan is written down, I can stick to it. I can't say I've done much meal planning. A few times, I'd review the Sparkpeople provided plans, make some adjustments, and even use the grocery list to shop from. So, the intent is definitely there. But it usually fell apart at dinner. It didn't work to make a separate meal for myself. And let's be honest, some of the Sparkpeople generated meals seem a little random! Though, I really like the cream cheese raisin walnut wrap!

Anyway, my long term goal is to have everyone eating (and cooking) healthy. First, I need to plan meals that are pretty simple to prepare. I'm tired after work and I don't love cook. Second, dinners have to be something my husband will eat. He's a somewhat picky eater. He rarely eats beef, only eats chicken because it's a cheap alternative. He does like tilapia. He also balks at the price. So I'm going to look at recipe makeovers. I already make Jamie Eason's turkey meatloaf pretty regularly. Another challenge is making what I buy, but I think I'll have this covered if I'm more thoughtful about the meal planning and follow through.

Success requires a phased approach. So, in December, I will introduce one healthy, easy to prepare meal. By the end of the year, we will have four new go-to meals that we can replace some boxes with.

December Healthy Meal Challenge
1. Plan meals weekly. Shop from the list. Stick to the plan!
2. Incorporate one new healthy meal each week.
3. Eat a healthy snack before leaving work to boost energy.

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