Meal planning is the single greatest key to reaching your health goals and simplifying life in the kitchen.
Mapping out how you’re going to shop, prep, and eat for the whole week ahead can seem like a whole lot of logistics and not a lot of fun.
Here at The Nutrition Helpline we offer meal planning as a standalone offer or combined with any of our programs to and do all the hard work for you, because we feel that meal planning is key to sticking to healthy-eating goals, not to mention save both time and money.
And while there are tons of guides out there with tips on how to do it, I’d argue that if you want the meal-planning process to go from dreaded chore to organizational life-saver you need a done-for-you meal plan that takes food intolerances and personal food preferences into account.
Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned cook, we've got a plan for everyone!
Planning your own meals will allow you to see how much you’re actually eating. This also prevents you from overeating at restaurants, which tend to serve a way bigger portion than you actually need.
Everyone knows that home-cooked meals are healthier than eating out, because cooking at home gives you complete control over what you put into your body. Foods made in restaurants are great to indulge in every now and then, but they are laden with sugar, sodium, and fat – all of which can be controlled to your dietary needs when you make it yourself!
But cooking in itself is not always easy. It’s the meal planning part that keeps you motivated to continue cooking and stick to eating healthier. When you stick to a meal plan and enjoy more home-cooked meals, your body will start seeing results, whether you lose weight or feel physically and emotionally good overall.
When you’re hungry and your blood sugar drops, you’re more inclined to eat whatever you can get the fastest. This is why some of us settle for the closest fast food joint with unhealthy options. Meal planning eliminates this issue when you have a balanced meal at your fingertips, filled with nutrient-dense food prepped and ready to go!
Being hungry and realizing you have nothing planned is undoubtedly stressful. Instead of standing in front of your fridge or pantry deciding what to whip up, you can have your healthy meal ready in minutes. This also saves you the hassle of cleaning up after cooking.
Everyone can agree that saving money is something we all try to do, and meal planning is a great way to help. While you skip out on spending money at restaurants, meal planning also involves buying items in bulk, which can be a huge money saver. Sticking to what’s on the list also avoids impulse buys at the grocery store.
When it comes to meal planning, you go to the grocery store with a plan, and know how you’re going to use all of the items. When every food has a purpose, you won’t have to worry about items in your fridge going to waste.
Whether you’re cooking for your entire family or just yourself, taking the time to plan your meals for the week ahead is definitely worth the effort. The key is just to set aside a little bit of time each week to do it.