As the new year approaches and we set our new year’s resolutions, a super popular one is (you guessed it!) making health and fitness more of a priority. Many of us start out strong in January, completely set on losing weight, eating healthier, and feeding our families more homemade meals.
One way to make this new year’s resolution actually stick is to start out with a plan–for both your fitness AND nutrition. Because, honestly, if we fail to plan…we can plan to fail. So let’s start out 2016 on the right foot, meal-wise. Planning meals ahead of time helps eliminate the frustration of making meals, and frees up more time to spend with your family instead of stressing over what’s for dinner. Here are a few tips as you take on meal planning.
Progress Over Perfection
To start, pick one meal a day to plan and build a meal foundation. Make current favorites healthier, then make those healthy meals tastier. It’s not very realistic to attempt a total over-haul of your eating without focused guidance. It can be truly overwhelming to navigate the hundreds of recipe websites out there for meal ideas. It’s like at the end of the day, when all the kids are finally sleeping and you have the coveted opportunity to watch some grown-up content uninterrupted…only to spend 45 minutes searching through Netflix unable to choose something. Anything. Geez. Don’t let the Netflix-abyss-phenomenon apply to your healthy eating efforts!!
2. Shop For The Week
Have a thought-out, planned list. Whether you’re taking the kids with you on your shopping expedition or not (but seriously…especially if you’re taking the kids with you), having a shopping list keeps your time in the store more focused, saving you time and money.
3. Have A Back-Up Plan
Plan ahead for those nights (or days) you won’t have time to throw something new together. Cook in bulk, keep extra meals in the freezer, and have staple ingredients on hand always (frozen veggies, frozen meats, quick-cooking rice/quinoa, canned soups).
To listen to the 5 Minutes To Sexy podcast episode about meal planning, click here. If you’d like the guesswork taken out of dinner for you and our family, check out my all-new meal planning service launching January 1st, 3 Ingredient Meal Plans (SO excited about this one!!). Finally, if you’d like an all-in-one fitness solution that provides you with laid-out home workouts, nutrition guide for health and fat-loss, and so much more…check out the Sexy Mama Program or Get Real Get Sexy Coaching Program. All of these resources were created with YOU, the modern-day mama, in mind. I hope you find them helpful!