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The P word....PLANNING

Monday, December 30, 2013

I know to be successful I need to plan out my meals. The trouble is I am not consistent with doing this. Dinners are planned... on Friday afternoons/nights my husband and I talk about what is coming up for us in the next week and what we want for dinner meals. I then have an erasable board where I write down our dinners for the week. Not only does this avoid the "oh what do you want to eat tonight?", it also determines the shopping list for when I do the grocery shopping on Saturday morning. We can change the meal plan if something happens but usually we are good at keeping to the dinner meal PLAN.

But breakfasts and lunches....not so much planning there. I work from home and when I get a break in between conference calls, I stand in the kitchen trying to decide what quick thing I want to eat (or have time to make). Not a good thing. The quickest things can be the most detrimental for me. My favorite things for lunches are salads and soups. Those require planning too because if you do not have protein and veggies in the house then there is no salad! Soups I like to make from scratch and if we only have canned (which my husband loves) then I will not eat them. The only boxed soup I will eat is Lipton Chicken Noodle. Yesterday I did make a Hamburger sauerkraut soup which I will eat for the next couple of days so I am off to a good start for lunches this week. Okay I did have it for breakfast this morning...who says you need to eat breakfast foods for breakfast? emoticon

Sooooo my goal for this week and future weeks is to PLAN MY MEALS.....ALL of them...not just dinner. Breakfast, lunch and snacks too. Right after I post this I will make up a sheet for my next weeks meals and post them right at my desk in front of me. Plan, plan, plan....

"Strategy is better than willpower "- Stephen Gullo

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    I bought 5 containers for lunch salads, and 5 containers for breakfast fruit/yogurt.

    Every weekend, I chop vegetables for salads, adding them to pre-washed boxed organic greens. I then add some kind of protein to this for lunch; deli turkey or cottage cheese or leftover chicken or veggie burger, etc. For the breakfasts I cut up apples and add frozen mixed berries, topping it off with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. All this takes less than an hour and then I am all set for the week! Well worth the time.

    1938 days ago
    Hello when I can't think of one more meal, I do a protein shake - milk, yogurt, protein powder and fruit. I am challenged to get enough protein as i am a vegetarian and the raw vegetable protein power boosted the protein.

    Also I use a rice cooker for my oatmeal. 1 part oatmeal to 2 parts water, turn it one and just wait for it to click off - about 20 min. God bless you in this new year. emoticon
    1939 days ago
  • DO4FIT
    if you like oatmeal you can do overnight oats! prep them in the evening and then enjoy it in the morning. or a smoothie, that can also be made the night before although sometimes separates. for lunches I make at least 1 big batch meal a week (usually spaghetti) and have the left overs portioned and frozen. When I am the mood for salads i will pre cook meat (ground turkey in taco seasoning for taco salads, grilled chicken or steak) chop it up and portion it and throw it in the freezer! Good luck with your meal planning! I am trying to incorporate it better into my life as well! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014
    1939 days ago
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