Easy Tips for Planning Your Meals

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Planning your meals - Nutrition Kickstart

 

One of the ways to set yourself up for success with the Paleo way of life is to make a habit of planning your meals.

Whenever you let yourself get hungry, you’re setting yourself up to fail – it’s that simple.

As soon as your insulin levels start to act up and your tummy starts growling, you’ll instinctively reach for the very first thing that’ll put an end to your hunger pangs.

This is the reason planning your meals is so essential. It won’t matter what time of day you get hungry you’ll always know what you’ll eat and you’ll already be prepared to eat it. Planning your meals means you’ll be able to control your hunger, rather than the other way around..

If you’re looking for new ideas for planning your meals, here are just a few simple tips to get you going.

 

1 – Choose a specific day and time to plan

Find some downtime in your week and get into the routine of spending an hour or two to look through your Paleo recipe books, and choose some recipes. Now you can plan your meals for following week (make sure you plan out enough meals to cover the time between trips to the grocery store), and determine what you’ll have for every meal of every day.

You’ll want to plan not just breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but all snacks and desserts you’ll want, too.

Bonus tip: plan ahead for the  busiest days of the week. For example, if the kids have extra-curricular activities one evening and you know you’re going to get in late, make a double portion of dinner the night before. This way you can just reheat leftovers on the evening that get back late.

 

2 – Keep a notebook with your favorite Paleo recipes

To make your planning simpler, keep a notebook of your favourite Paleo recipe picks.

Now, instead of wasting time each week pouring through your recipe books just to find that one recipe you like, you’ll have all your favourite recipes in a single spot. You can even bring your personal recipe book with you wherever you go and you’ll have a single place to find all your favourite recipes for these occasions when you find yourself in a pinch to make make something.

Bonus time: Store your recipe list on your phone. Even better if you can use a service like Evernote or Dropbox to keep your notes available from anywhere on any device.

 

3 – Make meals in advance whenever possible

We touched on this in our article 5 Essential Paleo Diet Tips but it bears repeating.

A great way to take the stress out of cooking is to prepare as many as possible in advance. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that the only foods you make ahead of time can be stored or refrigerated for a few days without spoiling.

  • If you’re into making massive salads you likely won’t want to slice up your avocado until the day you’re going to use it. However, you can still bake some chicken, boil some  eggs, and make some salad dressing. All of these will keep well for a few days until you’re ready to eat them.
  • Generally you can’t do too much with meat beforehand (except marinate it), but you can always wash, peel and cut, peel, and otherwise prepare your squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. a couple of days ahead of time.
  • If meal requires ground up nuts or anything shredded, you might be able to throw it into your food processor a day or so in advance of time and store it in the fridge until you need it.

 

Regardless of the type of meal you’re making, you can almost always find a way to prepare part of that meal in advance. Decide one or two days each week and get as much ready for the coming week as you can. You’ll be glad you did, especially on hectic days.

These simple and easy suggestions should help you enjoy a Paleo lifestyle, even during your busiest week.

Do you have any Paleo tips that work for you? Leave them in the comments below.

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