Someone posted this picture on Instagram the other day.
Ain’t that the truth?
And when I asked my challengers to complete a short survey for me, meal planning and recipes were at the top of the list for topics to cover.
So you are not alone. Meal planning and food prep are hard work. It takes organization, dedication, and some creativity. But it pays off big when you stick to the plan all week!
I’ve been following the Fix meal plan for a few months now, so here are my tips for Meal Planning Success!
Start with your most important meal of the day.
I know they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for me it’s dinner. And this is only because I have to feed three other people, as well. When writing out my meals for the day, I start with dinner and go backwards. If I run out of containers, I can adjust accordingly since I’m not doing it as I go along.
Factor in your Shakeology.
Try to plan if for after your workout or as a snack to help keep you full between meals. I often split my scoop in half so I can have my Shakeology twice a day!
Write your list as you plan your meals.
As I think of recipes I want to make for dinner, I add the ingredients to a separate shopping list. Not only am I prepared when I go to the store; I also think of other recipes utilizing that item so that nothing goes to waste!
This system is all based on those fun little color coded containers and that code is your lifeline to success! Keep track of it! When I’m writing out my meal plans, I use colored pencils or highlighters and just put a colored line next to each item to keep a running tally. When I’ve used up the containers for the day, I put an x over it so I know when I go to the next meal, it can’t be on that color.
Keep it Simple
If you are just starting the fix, keep it simple. I ate a salad every night for dinner my first week of the FIX. I grilled a bunch of chicken on Sunday and saved a RED, a GREEN, an ORANGE, and at least a half PURPLE and half BLUE to make a salad. This worked for me until I felt more comfortable with the containers, which happened very quickly! Also, if planning for a week overwhelms you, plan for 2-3 days. You can always repeat, if necessary. Again – it’s not forever.
Tip # 6
On Sunday, get your crock pot out and cook a whole chicken or some chicken breasts. Grill some meat or brown some ground chicken. Wash and cut produce and portion out into Ziplocs. Precook a pot of sauce, make some turkey burgers, or roast a bunch of butternut squash. This will help you stick to your meal plan and eliminates the excuses! It sounds like a lot, but you can get a lot done if you commit an hour or so!
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