One of the best habits for eating healthy, avoiding poor food choices, and to help with weight loss is to plan your meals in advance and to stick to the plan.
A steady stream of research has demonstrated that maintaining healthy eating habits and planning your meals ahead of time is the way to make progress that will stick.
This is especially true for Diabetics working hard to stabilize their blood glucose (sugar) levels and prevent future diabetes-related complications.
I know it’s not always easy, however, when on many days we just don’t have the time to cook full meals of farm-to-table food…Not to mention dealing with the resistance you may get from your children, or even your spouse!
So here are 5 Ways To Make Your Meal Planning Easy and inexpensively starting today.
Stock up on the inexpensive staples in bulk
Meal planning can be an expensive proposition; not all of us are chef’s or run a full kitchen and it’s costly to always use the latest diet products or specialty items.
➡ The best way to make your meal planning easy is to leverage your resources for the important ingredients that need to be fresh, and stock up on those other items in bulk.
➡ Beans, tomatoes, spices, frozen fruit and vegetables and more can add up to huge savings over time and make meal prep much easier knowing that you’re well stocked ahead of time.
We’ve all been there and we’ve all also failed at passing up “the grocery store temptation.”
Whether it is the shiny buy one, get one free sign on a snack we know we don’t need, or the alluring scent of freshly prepared food, when we shop hungry and without a plan, we make poor decisions, tend to buy the easy, premade foods and spend money we know we shouldn’t.
➡ The key to resisting these urges is having a plan ahead of time of exactly what and how much we need, and sticking to that list.
➡ Spending the extra minutes before shopping to make a detailed list will help us get exactly what we need and sidestep the traps and temptations of our local grocer.
Invest in portable storage to make meals easy to access
Meal prep and planning is a time-consuming process that can steal what little energy we have at the end of the day…especially during the middle of a busy week.
➡ To minimize the time and energy cost, preparing as many meals as possible when we have the time is critical to maintaining our goals throughout the week.
➡ In addition, having the right meals already prepped and made, with all the equipment needed, makes it easier when we’re in a rush to grab a healthy meal and get going rather than trusting our willpower to avoid fast food or other options that may be more convenient.
One of the biggest pitfalls of dieting and eating healthy is the after-work rushed dinner, pizza order or drive through pick up because it’s been a long day at work and we simply want to go home and relax rather than cook a whole dinner and all the effort and logistics needed to pull that off.
Whew…it makes me tired just typing that out!
Unfortunately, this almost always leads to regret later on and the kind of negative reinforcement that crashes many diets.
➡ However, in the morning or the night before when we’re (hopefully) more mentally fresh, popping the requisite ingredients into a slow cooker that will cook while we’re at work makes for a great option.
➡ When we get home, the food is already cooked and we just have to serve and eat.
Slow cookers are a fantastic investment and with a little creativity, you can make some very tasty meals as well! Check out the wonderful crock pot recipes available on the internet.
Our metabolism has to be revving for our bodies to burn fat, and one of the primary ways to do this along with exercise is to eat regularly throughout the day.
➡ In addition, having easy to access portable nutrition options is a key strategy when we feel the urge or temptation to grab the easy, convenient fast food choice.
➡ When meal prepping and planning, a key task is to prep small portions of portable containers that can be used throughout the week.
Whenever these options are readily available, we’re putting ourselves in a position to be successful and achieve our health goals.
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