Why Use A food Plan At All?
Lesson 2 Chapter 1
Meal planning is the simple act of taking some time to plan any number of your meals for the week. Plan for yourself or plan for your family. Plan to eat healthy, and plan a night out. Plan every snack and meal, or simply plan your lunches so you don’t spend money on restaurant food during the week. It doesn’t really matter what you plan, as long as you thought about it. The goal is not to start from zero for every single meal. There are many reasons why meal planning and meal prepping are so useful, however, they all fit into three main categories.
This reason is the most appealing to many. Who doesn't love saving time? Some people need to save more time than others. Everyone is different, and everyone’s needs are different. Identify where you need a time-saver, and plan your meals to save yourself the time you need. Pick your busy days, and make those meals the most simple or prepared ahead to help you later.
Breakfast: Breakfast is the first thing to go if you wake up late or just take too long getting ready. So learn to prep a breakfast that only takes a few minutes, like a smoothie, oats or eggs.
Lunch: Your lunch break will seem to last a lot longer if you don't have to run out and get some food during the first half. Lunch prep is best prep!
Dinner: If you planned ahead, you already know what’s for dinner, and you probably already have the ingredients for it. Turn the classic “what’s for dinner?” question into “how can we prep for dinner?” and “will there be leftovers?”.
Here's why meal planning is healthier for you than not meal planning. When you plan ahead, you can make smart choices related to your personal health and fitness needs. You invest time in the process and the time spent makes the process more valuable to you. The more importance you assign to anything, the more successful you will be.
Planning also reduces decision fatigue: You can only make so many well judged decisions in a day and if you constantly have to make food decisions because you have no plan, the end of day decisions will ultimately fail you and your health goals will remain a far away dream.
When you plan and cook your own meals, you are most likely saving money when compared to purchasing the same type of meal in a restaurant or supermarket ready meal.
Cooking a classic chicken dinner at home could cost up to 60% less than eating it at a restaurant.
Lastly, planning your meals can help reduce food waste. While it might be nearly impossible to go 100% waste free, some simple planning techniques can help dramatically reduce your food waste. All of our food plans maximise leftovers for use another day, saving time and money!