Stay on Track: Plan Ahead

Posted on November 15, 2016 by

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  We have a lot on our plates (no pun intended).  So how can we survive this busy time without the holiday 15’s.  For me, planning is the key.  When we fail to plan, we plan on failing – I love this.  What this means is that we can not trust our future self to do the right, healthy thing (at least I can’t).

Planning ahead:

  • Keeps us on track
  • Makes shopping easier
  • Keeps us from grabbing fast food or not so healthy choices
  • Keeps the guess work out of ‘whats for dinner’
  • Readily available foods to keep from unhealthy snacking

I hear this all the time: “Did you not hear me? I have no time.”  I get it.  Really I do, but taking the time to plan menus can be easy and quick. 

So, how to do this:

  • get a calendar and a piece of paper
  • grab your recipes
  • write down the name of recipe on the calendar and then list of ingredients needed on the grocery list
  • plan on making at least double or triple for left overs for lunches, freeze, or to create a different meal the next day
    • Such as a whole chicken in the crock pot with veggies.  then make soup and chicken salad or use chicken in a different recipe.
  • plan a lot of crock pot or one pan meals.
    • sloppy joes on potatoes
    • pot roasts
    • meatloaf
    • hashbrown cheese and eggs
    • easy homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs/zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash
    • meatballs with mushroom gravy on mashed sweet potatoes
    • fajitas with Spanish rice
    • pepper steak on rice
  • when cleaning up dinner, make up lunches then and put together the next crock pot.
  • on days with a bit more time, while cooking one dinner, boil eggs, bake additional chicken, fry up ground beef or turkey, yam protein bars or egg cups.
  • Repeat the week changing up a meal or 2.

Other ideas:

  • Take one day and cook for 2 hours and almost your whole week is done.
  • Take some time and put things together in freezer bags.
  • Find someone else to share meal planning/cooking/preparing.
  • Hire someone – high school/college student to cook or shop. (PEAPOD).
  • Log food in food journal

It really is that simple.  If flying by the seat of your pants has not worked well in the past, give this a try.  Works for me.  The busier I get, the faster I sit down to plan meals.  Give it a try.  

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Peggi Ingram RN BSN

Genesis Coach