So this week's healthy, active lifestyle theme is meal planning. I've posted about it here, here, here, and in the Health Habit Heroes group on Facebook. I've been reading and sharing articles and templates, and deciding what I want to do this weekend when I do a full week's worth of meal planning myself for the first time. I was super-excited to discover this article on The Kitchn by Hali Bey Ramdene called The Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning: What to Know, How to Succeed, and What to Skip. I love the clarity, the simplicity, and the step-by-step process that sounds doable. Check out the article and follow along here and in the group while I test this practice out for myself this weekend. Have tips from your own meal planning experiences? Share them in the comments! Cheers!
This week's healthy, active lifestyle topic is meal planning and advance prep of ingredients and meals to make eating healthfully quicker, easier, and more enjoyable.
I myself am working on a goal this year of getting into the practice of meal planning, and we're having great discussions about how to best go about it in the Healthy Habit Heroes group on Facebook.
There are three steps in this process:
For step 1, I went on Google and found several examples of meal planning templates you can model for your own use. You can access the templates at this link.
If you have some ideas you want to share or contribute to the conversation, please do so below in the comments or join us for a more in-depth look in the Facebook group. We look forward to your shares! :-)
Every week this year I'm sharing content on a different theme or topic related to health and wellness for busy professionals. Last week we talked about goal setting and getting because what better topic for the first week of the New Year when we all have a fresh start and a brand new 12 months to make positive change!
This week's topic is meal planning and prepping ingredients in advance. It's a personal intention and goal of mine to implement this in my own life this year. (I see the benefits as the cook in our house!) And this can be a key habit for people trying to lose weight or improve their health.
I started by doing some Googling and after a few minutes found this post by Vanessa Perrone over at Motive Nutrition. Vanessa is "a Montreal Registered Dietitian Nutritionist" according to her website. And I really enjoyed her article, video, and especially her downloadable cheatsheet/checklist for weekly vegetable prep.
There's no reason you can't expand this practice to prep of other types of ingredients, not just vegetables, and entire meals. This week at some point I intend to prep some veggies in advance as a test run. Already did a little bit over the weekend with a huge bunch of kale I got at the farmers market. It was so nice going into the fridge the next day and having fresh, chopped up kale there just waiting for me.
Check out Vanessa's article and follow along this week as we explore meal planning and preparing ingredients and meals in advance. If you'd like to do a deeper dive on this topic and benefit from the support and encouragement of an active online retreat for people who want to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle, then visit my Facebook group, Health Habit Heroes. We'd love to get to know you and help you on your journey. :-)