Struggling with healthy meal planning? Don’t throw in the towel until your read this!
Why does eating healthy and keeping your family fed seem so hard?
Even as a nutritionist I still struggle sometimes. There are days when I just want to throw in the towel and order pizza and stock my freezer with processed convenience foods.
When a day like this happens, I take a deep breath and ask myself these questions.
Why am I struggling with preparing healthy meals this week? What’s different from last week?
A lot of different issues or excuses usually come up.
- I don’t have the energy to cook this week.
- I don’t have time to prepare healthy meals.
- I don’t have my “go to” staples in my pantry, fridge and freezer.
- Creating healthy meals is such a chore!
What I’ve realized is that it all boils down to being overscheduled, tired and not having a plan.
When you are tired, busy and overwhelmed it’s really hard to make healthy choices.
So what’s an exhausted and overwhelmed mama to do?
Here are 3 strategies that have helped bring me back from the edge of a meal planning meltdown.
- Go out for a meal.
Everyone needs a break. Cut yourself some slack and go out for lunch or dinner one day this week. This isn’t a regular habit so it’s okay to eat out and enjoy it. Bonus points if you can manage to bring home leftovers for the next day.
- Remind yourself of your “why”.
Why are you choosing to prepare healthy meals? Do you want to have more energy and less bloating? Do you want to sleep better? Do you want your children to thrive at school and learn how to nourish themselves? The bigger your “why”, the easier it will be to get back on track. You don’t have to eat healthier, you are choosing to because you value your health and quality of life.
- Review your schedule and make the needed adjustments ASAP.
You are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of meal planning because you haven’t scheduled in enough self-care. What activities can you delete or delegate so that you can go to bed a little earlier and fit in a walk outside or a coffee with a girlfriend. You also need to schedule in some time to craft a meal plan. Planning will save you time (& money) and reduce the stress around preparing healthy meals.
If you struggle with staying on the healthy track and preparing nutrition meals, I am here for you.
Sometimes we just need to hit the reset button and come up with a new plan.
I would like to invite you to join the next 21 Day Real Food Reset for busy moms.
Boost your energy, stock your kitchen, try delicious recipes, raise your shopping IQ and get accountability and support from me and a community of like minded moms.
The 21 Day Real Food Resets starts on November 17, just in time to get you prepared for the busy holiday season.
Reduce your stress and avoid the typical holiday weight gain while still enjoying yourself. You can do this!Click here for all the details and to register.