Be a Boy Scout?
What does being a Boy Scout have to do with a Lifestyle Exchange you ask? In order to succeed you must be prepared!
“A Boy Scout is always prepared”
Living a healthy lifestyle in this day and age is HARD. There are so many easy, fast unhealthy choices that we can make, especially if we are hungry and know we don’t have a lot of time to prepare something.
We have errands to run, appointments to get to, work that runs late, kids that have to be taken here, there and everywhere. We have to get home, change and be somewhere else in record time. Sound familiar?
My day doesn’t always go as planned, shocking, right? I’m human. So, what helps us to stay on track?
Meal Planning is a big one. We’ve likely all heard about it, but how many of us actually do it AND stick to it? Here are some great reasons to take the time to Meal Plan.
So how does it work? It really is so simple.
Figure out if you’d like to start small. Is it just you? Or do you have a family to think about too?
Either way you can start with a one week plan and go from there. You may never move past a one week plan; the next person might have a 4-week plan on their fridge. You do what you feel you can!
We like having a 2-week plan, sometimes we change it up, it’s never set in stone, however that being said, it is in our best interests to follow it as closely as we can. As we are working on exchanging those old, bad habits.
Onto the planning.
A week in 7 days, of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I don’t like to eat the same thing every day but if you do that is fine. It simplifies things even more for you.
Make a list of breakfasts that you want to eat e.g.: smoothie, overnight oats, chia seed pudding etc.
Do the same for lunch e.g.: salad, lettuce wraps, leftovers, healthy bowls.
And for dinner? E.g.: vegetable chow mein, salad, small piece of meat and roasted potatoes and vegetables, bowl of oatmeal (yep in our house this can be dinner!)
Snacks: fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit (greek yogurt with the fruit in it at the grocery store is FULL of sugar)
Now we need to put our choices into our meal planner.
Now we have a week (or more) of healthy exchanges that we have planned out.
There goes some of our stress! You honestly feel relieved that you aren’t trying to figure out what you are going to make for dinner when you get home.
Next is we need to take a look at what we have in our fridges already, and what we will need to buy to follow our plan for the week, and we go to the grocery store with our list in hand! You know you need 6 bananas, and 2 heads of lettuce, 1 can of black beans etc. Strive to go to the grocery store only once a week. It will save you time and money and a whole lot of stress! The other bonus to this is if you have a family, spouse, older kids, they can see what’s on the meal plan for supper, everything is there and they can make, or at least start the meal before you get home! That’s a WIN WIN in my books.
See how a meal plan can alleviate some of the stress from your life? You know what you’re going to eat, when. It’s already in your fridge. No need to stop and grab that fast food on the drive home because you feel exhausted and didn’t take anything out, you don’t have to take more time out of your day to stop at the grocery store and wonder the aisles looking for dinner, and end up picking up something prepackaged, full of sugar and salt likely, or running through the drive thru in the morning because you need something in your belly before you start your day, and feeling guilty.
We do quite a bit of batch cooking also. We cook up a few chicken breasts, cut them into cubes and put them in the fridge. Cook up a pot of what we call Belize rice and put it in the fridge. Cut up fresh vegetables and fruits (be careful as fruit tends to go bad faster). Then they are all ready to go all week long. If we have an evening where we really don’t have time to make supper, it’s all done for us and we can just heat it up and go, as well as our busy teenagers! They have a good healthy meal if they need to eat and go!
We also make Chia seed puddings for snacks or breakfast.
We love our overnight oats as well, and not always just for breakfast. They are so easy to make, we make a couple of days’ worth at a time and have a great nutritional, healthy, on the go meal. You can grab a jar on the way out the door and eat when you get to work if you’re in a hurry in the morning, or have it for lunch, or even dinner if you so choose.
We realize that sometimes we have life happening and we know we will not be home every night, don’t fret. Do the best you can do. Remember this is a Lifestyle Exchange. If you were eating out or throwing a pizza in the oven 6 nights a week before and now you can preplan and maybe only have to do it once or twice, or eat out once. That’s ok, DO THE BEST YOU CAN!
Be prepared, it will help your success. It only takes a small amount of time to make a simple 1 week meal plan. Make the exchange this week from your willy nilly, fly by the seat of my pants, winging it, unplanned eating to a nice, simple, healthy meal plan. Your body will thank you for it.
Give us a shout, email us or visit our Facebook page, tell us what your meal plan looked like this week and how that is going. Or ask a question if you need help with an exchange that you would like to make and need some ideas. We would love to hear from you.
Mark & Shelly
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