Five meal planning habits that changed my life

If you’re here and reading this, I’m guessing this is not your first attempt to meal planning.

That’s totally okay.

The first thing I want you to know is that if you’ve failed at meal prep in the past, it’s not your fault. There’s a lot of conflicting messages out there to confuse us all.

I know you dream of making an impact on your health. I’m here to help you make this happen!

I’ll admit that, at first, meal planning and prepping does seem overwhelming.

 

You’re probably thinking meal planning involves hundreds of steps, and meal prep takes all day, right? I bet you’re lost about what is the right amount of what to eat in a day or a week? I mean, what even is a balanced meal??!!

Well, I learned it is all about changing your habits in the kitchen one step at a time. And, once you make it a habit and commit to being consistent, meal planning AND prepping only takes about 2-3 hours a week. Not bad at all, right?

I added only five main habits that made meal planning and prep not only easy, but kind of fun as well. Yes, only five!

To show you just how easy it is to add those steps one a time, I’m going to share with you the habit journey I went on.

 

Habit 1

The very first thing I learned was about is about taking time to schedule your week: That’s all your events, appointments, AND your meals.

 

Habit 2

I discovered that leaving extra time in my schedule for when I put your groceries away and prepping it right away was a HUGE help when it came to making meals every night.  Instead of just throwing all the produce into the fridge take time to portion, clean, and organize it for the meals ahead.

 

Habit 3

Next, I found that being in the habit of keeping my pantry stocked meant it was so much easier to shop at home. (Sounds crazy, right? Nope. Here’s my blog on exactly this topic.)

 

Habit 4

It seems super simple, but until I started cooking more, it never occurred to me to be in the habit of organizing all my favourite meals and recipes for easy access and use. We all recycle of our favourite meals, so why hide it? Keep a binder or online folder with your recipes and start playing with the seasonings! You can always give your favourite casserole, salad, or stir-fry a Mexican, Indian or Greek twist by just changing up the spice. (This is something I do a lot in my Fired Up Meal Plan Subscription – and my subscribers LOVE it.)

 

Habit 5

Finally, I discovered that keeping track of what, when, and how I ate was huge. Just huge. It showed me my patterns and made it super easy to see where I needed to make changes.

In The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, he discusses a 2009 study in which participants were asked to write down everything they ate at least one day a week. The participants started noticing when they snacked absentmindedly or when they had unhealthy dinners. Inadvertently, they began to plan to have food around for when they would get hungry, so they could reach for a healthy option instead of a candy bar. Ultimately, this simple habit created an environment for even more healthy habits to rise up and thrive.

 

It’s not an understatement to say that these five habits completely changed my life. Making these five things a priority in my life not only helped me find more time in my week but allowed me to make real change in my eating habits.


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Kandice-Lee Doucette

Meet Kandice-Lee

I’m Kandice-Lee! I am passionate about the impact food can have on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I help people lead bigger, bolder, and better lives through teaching meal planning, meal preparation, and clean eating.