I was flipping through Maria Menounos’s book “EveryGirl’s Guide to Life” and I came across a cool little tidbit
“Run your life like a business. Your life is a corporation and you are the CEO”
So welcome to Cultivating Health, I’m your CEO Ellie. I’m here to answer questions, share recipes, and be a healthy happy girl.
One step to being healthy and happy I take is organizing my meals. I have a few tips that I hope can help.
I know you are thinking “she doesn’t have kids. . . she’s not even married.” This is true but I believe you can organize your meals. It’s a little thing, but you may find you enjoy it.
First: Figure out what works for YOU. I personally find that I can really only plan my meals two or three days in advance. For some people it works better to plan out the entire week and for others it’s best to do it one day at a time.
Try out a few different approaches and see what works for you and your family.
Second: Plan in snacks and dessert. A lot of people don’t like to plan in snacks because they don’t think they deserve snacks and dessert. However, being overly strict isn’t realistic. If you plan in a piece of fruit for a snack you won’t find yourself standing in front of the pantry nibbling everything (aaahhhmmm ME).
If I plan a piece of dark chocolate or a bowl of ice cream you won’t feel guilty and overeat.
Third: View your meals as an adventure. When you aren’t afraid to try something new, cooking can be a lot of fun. Plan a new meal once a week and hit up the grocery store with a list of what you will need.
BUT keep the ingredients for old favorites around the house. Growing up it was vegetable soup. My Mom would whip up soup from the frozen vegetables in our freezer, canned tomatoes, and whatever ingredients were in the vegetable drawer.
Please, Please do not get so stuck on your plan that you don’t enjoy the moment. While food is nourishment for our body it is also joy. If you best friend calls you to have dinner, scratch the plan. If you kids win their soccer game, celebrate with ice cream.
Your plan should be more like connect the dots than map quest directions.