Meal Planning Tip: Make a Menu
Eating healthier can be daunting, but creating a simple menu is your best starting point. At every restaurant there’s a menu that has been carefully crafted by the Chef. Make your menu based on the type of meal experience you’d like to have. If your goal is to eat more vegetables (preferably green), start with the meal you have the most flexibility in adjusting. Set yourself up for a fast and easy win. The easier it is to do, the more motivated you are to do it again and again. And really that's what we want.
The easier it is to do, the more motivated you are to do it again and again.
Choosing one meal on the weekend where you have the most time to prep or one meal during the week that you pack the night before because whatever you take to your workplace is what you have to eat (and there is no getting around it) may be the best meal to change the menu.
When you create that one meal menu, start adding rather than subtracting. Adding more options rather than restricting reframes that act of eating vegetables towards a more pleasant experience. You become focused on what is there rather than what is not.
Know that your menu will be different from the next person and that is OKAY. I have food sensitivities/intolerances that prevent me from eating a typical healthy meal. YOU have to find what works for YOU.
Make a menu with the foods you like to eat, including snacks and beverages. Once you complete a day, see how that fits with the suggested recommendation of macronutrients you need for the type of lifestyle you are living. Meals look different if you are pre-diabetic versus an endurance athlete who is going through perimenopause.
YOU have to find what works for YOU.
If you need help understanding those recommended amounts of macronutrients, reach out.
If you need someone to hold you accountable, consider taking me up on a free health coaching consultation to discuss what a difference it makes.