Make life easy and plan for success!!
Changing eating habits is hard and deeply personal. We often want to eat healthily, but busy schedules and a lack of tasty and healthy options available on the move mean that we often resolve to less healthier options as hunger pangs beckon! That’s a real shame when good intentions are there. One of the ways that you can plan for success when you make changes to your diet, even when you are frantically busy, is to plan your meals on a regular basis. That way you are always prepared for whatever life throws at you. A good time for planning might be a Saturday where you can allocate an hour or perhaps you prefer to have two slots in the week, allocating half an hour to each and planning 3-4 days at a time. Here’s how to manage your menu planning so it becomes a new habit for you:
look at the week ahead and plan the meals that you want to cook; mark where you are eating out or if you have long days at work where it would be useful to take breakfast, lunch or snacks with you. Then you can plan the best meals that allow you time to prepare food in advance. I can help you here with by providing tasty recipes or look at Jamie Oliver cookbooks or check out his recipes online or the bbc website has very good options. Deliciously Ella is another valuable resource if you have food intolerances. You may have tried and tested recipes of your own or are following one of my programmes where I will give you recipes to try out.
slot in meals and snacks and make a plan for leftovers. For example, if you are having a chicken breast as part of an evening meal, cook 2 breasts and add it to a salad to take to work the following day. Make up a couple of salads as bases for meals. Portion up handfuls of almonds to take alongside a piece of fruit and make 3 day’s worth. Make a batch of muesli or bircher muesli to have for 3 day’s worth of breakfasts. That way you stay a step ahead of each meal. Slot in days when you will eat out or pick up lunch so you can remain flexible.
if you make a soup or a stew, extra portions can be put in the freezer. Take out a portion at breakfast and it will be defrosted in time for lunch.
stock up on kitchen basics such as tinned tomatoes, stock cubes, spices, frozen broccoli, peas and berries, eggs, onions, garlic, frozen chicken or turkey, beans, chickpeas and lentils, then it will be easy to plan from the store cupboard/freezer.
put together your shopping list and go shopping! Or even better, use the facilities of supermarket delivery such as Ocado and Abel and Cole.
Are you just too busy to meal plan? Is your new diet more complicated to plan if you have to find replacements for certain foods or try new recipes? Have you found out that you have food intolerances and need to find alternative foods? Would you prefer a plan already done for you according to your tastes, health symptoms, and schedule?
Then I’d be happy to do it for you!
I have over a thousand recipes that I can choose from to come up with a delicious meal plan for you. The benefits of me doing this for you are that:
I take account of any food intolerances (dairy-free, gluten-free and many more!) and specific dietary needs such as hormone friendly, low or no sugar, diet for weight loss, gut healing and many more); this will be quicker for me as I have many recipes at my finger tips. It saves you looking through cookery books and websites plus I have tried many recipes already so I know what works.
I carry out an audit of your likes and dislikes and I put together a meal plan to suit you personally, taking into account your dietary needs and time you have to cook
you will receive a menu plan for the week ahead plus the recipes with alternative ingredients you can use and a shopping list which will help you stock a healthy kitchen. No more running out of ingredients as you are cooking! Foods are listed according to the layout of the supermarket:
fruits and vegetables
bread, fish, meat and cheese
boxed and canned
condiments and oils
seeds, nuts and spices
it saves you time and effort so you can focus on other things; makes it easier to navigate a new way of eating and break old habits, making new ones easier to maintain
it takes the guesswork out of what to eat and supports you to make healthy food choices, reducing reliance on ready meals when busy
it will give you some new ideas and foods to try out, awakening your tastebuds!
you will receive a prep guide to keep you organised and on track, which is a lesson plan for cooking, if that’s not your thing!
you will save money as I will indicate on your food plan where you can use leftovers
after a few weeks you will be able to look over past menu plans and carry on yourself as it will be easier and quicker the second time around! This is an educational experience and you will have learnt new eating habits.
And just in case you think this plan is too rigid, there IS flexibility built in!
The plan does not have to be followed 100%, even if you follow it 50% you will build a firm foundation and develop skills like cooking, chopping and meal prepping. You can also request space for flexi meals - lunch out with a friend or a slot for your own favourite meal. It really is designed to make life easy and enjoyable!
For more information about my meal planning service, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal chat to see how it could help you or call me on 07880 353964