The Most Important Step for a Healthier Life

Have you tried my tips to eat more veggies? Are you struggling to still get them into your diet? Do you want to be healthier but keep going back to old habits?

If this is you then don’t worry because so many other people are like that as well. In fact, it is so easy to forget to eat your veggies because when you were busy, you go back to old habits and even though you know what you need to do, when you are hungry, you are going to grab at the closet food thing in sight!

So, in order to build new habits we need to plan a little bit. That is where meal planning comes in!

So what is meal planning you ask? Well it’s basically a breakdown of what you’re going to eat over a day, and/or a week! Now don’t worry we’re just gonna look at meal planning for a day and then you will get the idea for doing it for up to a week.

 

Step One: Figure Out WHEN You Eat?

There is no point planning for just breakfast, lunch and dinner if you get hungry at 10am and need a snack as well!

Think about when you eat and when you get hungry? What habits do you have?

For example: I start work at 6am but don’t get hungry to about 6:30am, so I bring breakfast to work with me. Then, around 10am, I get peckish and this is when I can engulf one of the croissants at work so I eat a small snack like a banana or one of my Basic Bliss Balls. If I’m on the opening shift, I finish work around 1pm so I go home to eat lunch but if I am doing the closing shift, I need to take food with me. Dinner is usually around 6pm because that is when I start snacking again.

As you can see from my example, I know when I am going to start making crappy food choices so I plan my food so that I can make better food choices when at a moment of weakness.

 

Step Two: WHAT Are You Going To Eat?

This is the fun part! I love eating and think a lot about what I am going to eat so I love this step!

Think about when you eat and what fits your schedule. Do you get hungry at work so need something easy to make? Do you have more time at home so can spend more time on food preparation? Are you a parent and need things that are “grab and go”?

 

For me, I can easily eat the same thing for the first part of my day, everyday! Because I know that it works for me but no everyone can or wants to do that. This is what my basic meal plan looks like:

 

5:40am – WAKE UP!

6:30am – Breakfast: Quick Oats with Soy Milk and Decaf Latte (12oz)

10am – Snack: Banana or Bliss Ball with Decaf Latte (120z)

1pm – Lunch: Veggie Soup or A Hearty Salad like this one or this one or Roasted Veggies

6pm – Dinner: A Hot Meal with a side salad, lately I’ve been making my Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

8pm – Tea: A cup of chamomile tea

9:30 – 10pm: BED TIME

 

Step 3: Make a List and Buy The Food 

This step sounds too simple but how many times have you gone to the grocery store with the intent of buying one or two things and buying ten other things instead, but still not the thing you originally wanted to get?

From your meal plan, figure out what food items you need, write them on a piece of paper or your phone and buy them so that you are not stuck later on with nothing to eat.

Another plus of making a list is that you are going to save money because you are only buying what is on the list, but also because you won’t be as tempted to eat out when hungry. Win-win!

 

When I first started this blog, it was with the idea of providing meal plans for everyone so if want some ideas for dinners, here are some great resources. 

 

Once you have finished reading this post today, make sure you sit down and look at your own eating habits. Do you want to eat healthier, then these tips will certainly help!

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If you sit down and are completely stumped then contact me and book a free 20 minute session! We can talk about meal planning and quickly make an awesome plan specifically for your needs.

 

Have a great week,

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

 

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