My greatest struggle during a busy work week has always been maintaining a healthy and well balanced diet. I use to eat out A LOT and by a lot I mean almost every meal! Between; work, friends, fitness and blogging it’s nearly impossible to find time to cook three meals just for ONE person. Not to mention, I found that it was more cost efficient to eat out if you calculated the time it takes to cook and the cost of groceries to make a decent meal.
This past year however, things changed for me in a big way because I got food poisoning TWICE! And trust me once was already enough to convince me to eat better. I guess what they say is true; eating-out isn’t always a great choice because it’s incredibly easy for your food to get contaminated in restaurants.
Following a friends advice, I started making a weekly meal-plan excel spread sheet (I know… I know… what a geek, right?). Well despite how it sounds it actually works great in helping you visually balance and plan the food you are going to have for the week. Let’s be honest, I am still going to eat out, a few times a week BUT the majority of my days are now filled with cleaner meals and some which I can make at home.
Here are a few tips in creating a Meal Plan:
- Get Creative: Make an excel sheet highlighting the weekdays and meals in different colour codes + don’t forget to add your grocery list so you can prep before hand:
- Lunch Share: If you have an awesome co-worker that you can share lunch with, try to workout a system where you can do lunch share. You bring lunch twice a week and they do the same. This way you have 4 days of lunch covered for the week! Two of which you didn’t even have to cook. Finally this keeps you responsible for making sure you stay on schedule.
- Stick with the plan: When doing your grocery shopping don’t get distracted from your meal schedule. In fact take it with you to see what you actually need for the week.
- Be realistic: If you know you are going to go out just put it as TBD on your meal plan. At the very least have 80% of you meals planned out.
- Be flexible: Life is not predictable and things may always come up to mess-up our schedule. If you miss a day it’s ok! just keep going with the next days schedule!
Hope you guys found this post helpful! 🙂