I love to cook at home and try to do it as much as possible. Sometimes it feels like the week gets away from me or I just have too much going on to think through what I’m eating. Last year I did Whole30 and not only was it great to be eating only real foods, but a big part of it is meal planning. I’ve tried to keep up the habit of meal planning since then, but lately I’ve been doing a terrible job of it. It’s such a quick and easy task to do each week to keep you on track. I’m focusing this month on cooking at home more and making an effort to be more organized in meal planning.
Make it Part of Your Weekend Routine
I try to meal plan on Sunday mornings since I usually grocery shop on Sundays. Sunday mornings are the one day a week I don’t wake up early to work out. My routine is usually to make some coffee and check off some of my to do list for the week. Adding meal plan to my to do list makes it easier to stay at the top of my mind and I can quickly figure out what I want to eat for the week. I also use that time to browse on Pinterest or a few blogs to look for recipes. It’s great to start the week off organized and one less thing to think about every day.
You’ll Save Money
When I cook at home every night, I save so much money. Eating out can be expensive and you don’t know how unhealthy your meal really is. Making dinner at home for me also means making lunch for the next day too. If I leave it up to future Tracy to deal with lunch, she usually picks Chick-fil-a. It’s fine once in a while, but it is a really expensive habit to keep up with every day.
You’ll Have More Free Time
I know cooking at home seems like it would take more time than grabbing something while you’re out. If you plan out your meals for the week and have everything you need already, then it won’t take long to make something healthy. I also find I have a lot more free time just by not having to figure out what’s for dinner after a long day of work. I look at my willpower like a gas tank; I start the week with so much willpower, but as the days go on, I have less and less. As long as I’ve already scheduled out my cooking for the week, it’s a lot easier to tune out the temptation to get Chinese and watch a movie.
It Can Help With Mindfulness
For a lot of people, cooking is a relaxing, enjoyable experience. I love taking the time to try new recipes and figuring out what flavors work with which. It’s a great way to let go of the stress of the day and focus on something other than work.
Do you have any tips to make meal planning easy? Leave them in the comments!
xo – Tracy