Why Meal Planning is the Best Option For Your Goals and Results
Have you ever found yourself confused as to how you should improve your nutrition?
Maybe you’ve been eating healthily for a while but don’t have a good idea of how you can use that information to your advantage?
Today, we’ll discuss the value of diet analysis, how to look at past experiences, extract valuable information for your future decisions, and where meal planning fits into the picture.
Let’s dive in.
Diet and Recipe Analysis: Why Looking At The Past Might Be Worth It
You should only look back if there is something to learn, which holds true for setting up your nutrition. By looking at your past nutritional experiences, you can better understand your preferences and what you enjoy. It’s also crucial for understanding what has worked for you, what hasn’t, and how you can set up a sustainable eating plan.
Looking at past experiences can also show you what results you can expect from a specific tactic. There is a lot of value in experience, but only if you’re willing to look back and learn from the past.
The Value of Meal Planning
Meal planning is fantastic because it helps you better organize your life, save money, and stick with healthier foods.
First, buying products in bulk and cooking them at home comes out much cheaper in the long run, which is great if your goal is to eat healthily and stick to a budget. Second, meal planning saves you time. Instead of thinking about what to cook or prepare every day, you spend a bit more time one day, and you don’t have to worry about it for at least a few days.
Third, by spending the time, effort, and money into preparing several meals, you’re more likely to stick with them throughout the week. After all, you wouldn’t want that effort and money to go to waste.
Plus, given the current world situation, we don’t have many options for eating out. Most people eat at home these days, so planning and meal prepping are two simple tactics that create simplicity and ease in your life.
How to Start Meal Planning Today And Set Yourself Up For Nutritional Success
A lot can be said about meal planning, as there is a lot of nuance to the topic. Perhaps the three simplest things you need to start with are:
1. Choose a couple of recipes to start with
Start by considering which meal you tend to skip or eat outside. For many, that’s lunch. Think of a simple recipe you might put together easily—for instance, chicken with rice, pork and potatoes, fish and quinoa.
2. Buy the necessary ingredients
Determine what ingredients you’ll need to produce at least four of these meals—for example, four chicken thighs and a bag of rice. Get the necessary seasoning, oils, and other ingredients you typically use for your cooking.
It’s also a good idea to get some fresh veggies and fruits you can easily add to your meals. For instance, leafy greens to chop up a quick salad for your meal. Or maybe a large apple for dessert.
3. Set aside some time to cook and prepare your meals
Set aside some time on a day off - for instance, on Sunday. Prepare the ingredients, cook them, and distribute the finished product in several containers. Wait for them to cool off, pop the lids on, and place them in the fridge.
Congratulations! You’ve just meal prepped four day’s worth of lunches.