Your Meal-Plan Action Plan
What are your steps to menu success? Try these simple steps to menu making success!!
Most of us have a few go to meals in our heads when we need to get dinner on the table fast. But some days are just a scramble (maybe literally: you always have eggs on hand, right?). All in all, not a satisfying situation, and certainly not optimal for losing weight.
You know that meal planning can be a big help in staying on track. But, as your meeting discussion showed, life can get in the way of making this strategy a routine. The thing is, meal planning is more than just deciding what to eat. It’s also putting into place the when, where, who, and what.
So try this activity. Focusing just on the coming week. answer these questions, then fill in the plan below.
“I’ll make my meal plan for the week on ____________________ (date/time) at ____________(place) after checking with ______________(people) and gathering ____________________(tools).”
WHEN is the best time for you to plan? It might be Sunday evening when things are quiet; or on Saturday morning, so you can shop and get a jump on cooking. Once you decide, set aside an hour or however long it’ll take. Tip: Check your calendar and actually add time to cook – whether it’s a make ahead meal, day of cooking, or prep for a slow cooker recipe – so you’ll likely to follow through.
WHERE to plan? It’s not only the physical space – probably your kitchen, but it could be during your daughter’s dance class or in a doctor’s waiting room – it’s also where you’ll record your meal plan: smart phone, a document on your laptop, or a ruled notebook. Tip: Keep a record of your meal plans so you don’t repeat dishes too often.
WHO will you be eating with, and need to check with before making a meal plan? The kids, with their after school activities? Your partner’s schedule? Your own calendar, of course (“oops, I have book club on Tuesday night!”). Tip: Also ask about likes and dislikes, and any requests (“Can we have meatloaf this week?”).
WHAT ingredients and equipment will you need to execute your meals, see what you have on hand, create a shopping list, and check on any special tools. Tip: Gather cookbooks or open your browser to the food and recipes section of weightwatchers.com to help you create menus.
Put your plan together and you’re more likely to succeed by sticking with your points plus budget , choosing a variety of healthful foods, keeping hunger manageable and so on.