Meal planning/prep doesn’t need to be complicated. You don’t need any fancy recipes and it doesn’t have to take a long time. When I am really busy and don’t have a whole lot of time to devote to meal prep this is my go to plan!
I am known for being quite the planner. I plan my workouts, I plan time hanging out with friends and family, I plan activities at work, and I especially plan my meals. Every week I sit down and map out a plan for what I am going to cook for the week. I believe that this practice has really helped me to be successful in my weight loss. Every week I know exactly what I need to eat and there is very little wiggle room. This helps me to stay on track and not get caught up in cravings.
So, in hopes of inspiring you to start meal planning I wanted to provide a Meal Planning/Prep 101 post. I will walk you step-by-step through my meal planning/prep process. By following this process it should help save some money at the grocery store and to stay on your healthy eating plan!
Step 1: Find a good way to record your meal planning
I prefer to use pen and paper for this step. But you could easily use an app or computer program to record your meal planning. You need to have somewhere you can have a weekly calendar and a grocery list. You will be referring back to this record frequently to know what to buy and when to prep and eat your meals.
While on any diet or healthy eating plan, grocery shopping is especially important. Having a plan before you go to the store is your best defense against buying things you don’t need/shouldn’t be buying. So, I thought I would share with you the process I use for my weekly grocery shop.
Disclaimer: I only shop/cook for one. However, the ideas below can easily be used for more than one person.