Eating right is the first thing you want to do if you want to lose weight, get fit or just make the healthiest version of yourself.
And the first step to cleaning your diet is planning.
Planning plays a crucial role in every weight loss journey, since without it you’d be lost and will not have time for anything.
In fact, most of the people are giving up their weight loss efforts because they’re too busy.
And yes, we’re all busy trying to make a living, socializing, keeping our home clean, some of us even raising children along the way, and making time for our health is often at the bottom of our priority list.
The only reason for that is not having enough time.
Well what if I told you that you can do it faster than you think?
You just have to plan it right!
It’s the same with everything you do in life – If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
And there are billions of meal planning guides and eating programs out there that sounds like they’re great, but what they lack is they don’t take in consideration 2 pretty important things:
- Your time
- Your budget
But that’s not me!
I’ve came up with the perfect solution to make your meal planning:
- BUDGET FRIENDLY
- DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY!
You are 4 steps away from becoming a real meal prep pro!
And most important of all, I’ll make sure to give you easy meal prep guide and make planning fun.
Meal planning will never feel like a second job again.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Planning
Use Social Media For Recipes
You don’t have to search for recipes yourself, when you can make them come to you daily.
Follow a bunch of your Instagram and Facebook profiles that post healthy recipes daily, and you’ll get tons of ideas.
It’s easier than you think!
I myself post daily on my Instagram, giving the full recipes in the comments, and will get you inspired to cook healthy.
Collect Your Recipes
You’d be surprised how fast can a recipe vanish off your memory.
That’s why you have to collect them, in order to turn around for ideas later.
I’m such an old school “paper and pen” kind a girl, so I write them down in a journal.
Plan Your Week – Make a Meal Schedule
This is the fun part – deciding exactly what you’ll eat each day during the week.
This one gives you the chance to budget your meals, be organized and finally get them ready.
You get to write it all down and organize your meals in a calendar.
So sit down, get your favorite pen, get my FREE meal planner and start planning!
You can download it for FREE here – Free Printable Meal Planner
Get Yourself The Right Eating Plan
Meal planning always starts with having an eating plan.
And not just any plan, but a quality eating program that points out exactly what you should eat and what you should avoid.
It’s so hard to find the right eating program these days, since we’re surrounded by this epidemic of “magic solutions” that just DON’T WORK.
That’s why I’ve designed a program that’s going to help you learn everything you need to know about eating healthy and clean, what’s right and what’s wrong, packed with so many recipes and ideas to make it super easy.
My eating program “The Hungry Fit Girl” is an easy read that’s going to give you every single thing in the quest of eating healthier.
Make sure to check it out, and subscribe to be the first one to know when it’s on sale!
Step 2: Shop
Make a shopping list
After deciding what you’ll have for breakfast lunch and dinner, you should focus on shopping.
Shopping can be so stressful, but if you organize yourself right you can make it easy and fun.
What you should do is go through your meal schedule and recipes, and make a shopping list.
Arrange your shopping list so it’s easy to follow
After you write down everything you need to buy, arrange the groceries in different categories
Dry pantry goods in one column, meat in another, frozen goods, fresh veggies/fruits.
This may seem unnecessary, but it’s a really smart tactic that will help you navigate the store quickly and efficiently.
Never ever shop on an empty stomach
This can cause a series of unfortunate events:
You’ll rush your shopping, increase the chance of forgetting something, increase the chances of reaching out for products that are not even on your list or even worse products that are not healthy.
So, grab a bite before head shopping.
Choose a shopping day
And avoid doing it on weekends.
On weekends everybody goes shopping and we don’t want stressful queues.
Shopping should always be fun and relaxing, so pick up another day of the week.
Always check for sales
If you want to keep it as budget friendly as possible you can also organize your meals by what’s on sale.
Check out your grocery store circular and adjust your meal plan or shopping list a bit.
If the chicken is on sale, you can just add it up to your meals instead of let’s say turkey or tuna.
Step 3: Prep
Get yourself meal containers
They’re cheap, yet they’re so practical to take with you at work, school or anywhere you go.
Just make sure they’re leak proof and you’re all set!
Here’re the containers I use:
Or, if you like it better, you can always prep in jars.
Here’s how to do that: Healthy Meals In a Jar – Healthy Meals-To-Go and Recipes For A Last Minute Takeaway
Freezing is a great strategy
You can always cook and freeze your meals.
Here’re my ideas for perfectly freezable meals, and a sneak peek to my weekly meals :)
Don’t be afraid to improvise
Sometimes you’ll just have to do it free-style and make a meal out of whatever you have in your fridge or pantry.
And that’s perfectly fine and practical.
There are actually plenty of blogs that can help you make a recipe out of the ingredients you have, so if you don’t have any ideas just “google it” and you’ll get some.
Pick a day for meal prep
I hate Sundays!
They make me feel lazy and remind me how much work I have to do starting the new week.
That’s why I always prep on Saturdays.
Saturdays make me feel like I have the time to make a mistake or skip one meal or two, since I always have Sunday left to make it right.
Also, I tend to prep twice a week.
That makes it easier to organize and make sure you don’t feel like you work – instead you’re making it short and fun.
Step 4: Prepare
Always have a backup plan
Plan B is a must.
Sometimes you just won’t have time to cook your meal or you’ll forget to unfreeze your meal and it’s already time to eat.
Plan B is actually a backup meal you settle for when you don’t have time to cook.
My backup plan is usually canned food I buy on my way to work, for example my backup plan for last week was tuna and chickpeas – I just mix them up, add a few spices and it’s all set.
Make a list of easy to prep – last minute foods
Healthy starches like quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and sweet potatoes are easy to cook and will last up to five days in the fridge, so making a big batch on the weekends is a smart time saver.
Use sticky notes
Okay, now this one is for all of you that have greedy families like mine.
It’s such a mood killer when you’ve been cooking the night before and someone ate it while you were asleep.
Oh yes, that happens to me ALWAYS – that’s why I started using sticky notes.
I just write down “Monica’s” on my meals in the fridge or even better “Don’t eat!!!” :D
Now it’s your turn – get ready to meal prep like a pro!
You did it!
Now comes the fun part – trying it out next week!
Let me know how it was for you in the comments bellow, or contact me trough my contact page.
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