You may think it sounds boring or that you could never get yourself organised to add this to your day or week of chores – let’s face it we’re all so busy anyway!!!
But if you’re the main person in charge of food shopping and preparation in your household, and you are trying to lose some extra kilos, then the chances are that once you get used to this process, you’ll find not only do you save time and money, you will be less stressed, and you’ll find that you will also avoid food wastage.
Now we have your interest!!!
So, what is the best way to develop a pre-planning habit?
Pre-plan your meals for a week – this should only take 30 minutes and will limit your emotional labour of thinking about what’s for dinner to once a week. There is a lot to be said for reducing our decision-making processes. Develop a list of family favourites so you’re not starting from scratch.
Meal planning ensures that you never get caught out and end up ordering take-away if your day suddenly gets busy or you get caught out working later than you expected. It’s one of the best strategies we know to help keep you on track.
Make up your shopping list. Warning: Never go shopping without a grocery list. Ask yourself “What sort of shopper am I? Weekly or daily?” You may choose to do one big shop on the weekend, saving even more of your time and petrol money. If two or three times through the week, always plan for at least two days in advance and always use your shopping list.
Most shopping trips are opportunities for discretionary purchases. The less times you shop, the more of your time and money you might save.
Allocate your cooking day(s) and times. You may decide to batch cook all your meals on the weekend and portion out over the week. You may prefer to cook daily but prep all the ingredients in advance, cutting up vegetables and marinating meat, so you can get straight into cooking.
Once you have developed some favourite recipes, perhaps try 1 or 2 new recipes each week. Get ideas from your family and get them involved in the process and this adds variety as well.
Our Health Coaches have put together a list of pre-planning tips for you:
Now it’s time to put some of these tips into action – pick the tip(s) that you think will work best for you, your routine and your family situation.
Put simply – pre-planning will save you time, money AND stress. It will be an enormous help with losing weight – and then maintaining your new body and lifestyle forever. Enjoy!!!
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