Planning to Fail, or Failing to Plan
Either way you lose out in this scenario. I am a procrastinator. I have tried to become more organized over the years, but I am a procrastinator at heart. I actually like to plan, but I tend to put off things until I absolutely have to do them. This procrastinating can make it difficult for me to plan meals ahead of time, especially since getting married last year. Between both of our schedules, we can easily be eating a meal out or be eating dinner late.
I am not going to make a New Year’s resolution to avoid procrastinating because I know that I won’t be able to keep it. I also know that I won’t eat perfectly every day and I may not make the best choices every day. I DO know that I have the tools to help me eat healthy foods and eat at home more often. I may not always use these tools effectively or efficiently, but I WILL use them. My plan is to use these tools more frequently over the next eleven months.
My plan to eat healthy foods and eat at home more often follows the KISS (Keep it Simple, Silly) principle.
- Look at the grocery ads for the week and see what is on sale. Base the meals off of what is on sale that week.
- Decide what proteins or entrées you’ll have for the week.
- Choose your sides: vegetables, salads, starches, etc.
- Try one or two new recipes per week.
- Create a shopping list for the week.
- Chop ahead—when preparing vegetables for a recipe, wash and chop what you’ll need for several days.
- Use your microwave—cook vegetables, poach fish or chicken, make gravy and pudding, etc.
My challenge to you is to figure out what your plan is to eat healthy foods for frequently, and share it with everyone on this blog. Your ideas might help spur on others to make healthier food choices!
These blogs were written by the CHI Health Weight Management Team.