Meal Planning: The Secret to Achieving Your Healthy Eating Goals

Meal Planning: The Secret to Achieving Your Healthy Eating Goals

Being a culinary guru, I have been asked so many times about how to start eating healthy. Perhaps the easiest and most effective thing you can do is meal planning.

Before I began writing a meal plan, I was guilty of pleasure eating to the point that I had some weight problems. I found that using planners to track eating habits, as discussed at, can greatly help you achieve healthy eating.

With meal planning, you get to enjoy delicious foods while achieving your health and fitness goals. The major benefit of meal planning is that you can think about what you will be eating for the day or week in a focused, quiet manner. It’s easier to avoid unhealthy foods if you do the planning at home instead of while you’re in queue on a pizza stall.

So, how do you create a meal plan?

First of all, find a relaxed time in your week when you can prepare your plan. Know how many meals you need in a week. Usually, you need seven breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some would prefer to have snacks or skip a meal on certain days. A rough estimate of your weekly meals will help you decide on how many varieties of recipes and viands you need.

Next, think about how much time you can allot for cooking your meals. Your meal plan is useless if you don’t have time to execute it. Consider how many hours of your day you can spend for cooking. Usually, you can spend a good 30-minute in the morning for cooking your meals for the entire day. This is enough to cook several quick recipes. You also need to set a day for grocery.

If you have a very tight schedule, you may want to cook everything on a weekend, keep them refrigerated, and just heat them up later. Another way is to consider quick-cook recipes. Getting a planner for working moms such as those reviewed here is a good idea.

Now you can list down the dishes you can cook. You want the dishes to be healthy and easy to cook. Consider the season as this will affect the availability of your ingredients. If you’re cooking only on once a week and are storing them up, make sure to consider the shelf-life of the dish. Check the nutritional profiles of your recipes, making sure that they align with your healthy eating goals. If possible, consider overlapping ingredients to save on your budget and minimize waste. It is best to check out what ingredients are plentiful during the season and those that are on sale.

Over time, you can create a master recipe list that you can just refer to when planning in the future. Compile all the dishes and recipes in one planner as this can serve as a quick reference. A recipe catalogue can greatly help you in the meal planning and preparation process.

Next, you can now distribute the chosen dishes into your calendar. It would help if you post a paper copy of your calendar in your kitchen. However, I highly recommend that you write them down in a planner so you can easily refer back to it when needed. There are also calendar apps that you can use to schedule your meals.

Once you’ve completed your meal plan, you can write a grocery and shop. Having a grocery list would not only help ensure you get healthy foods but also avoid overbuying. It should also save time at the store since you can arrange the items by group.

Meal planning is not only the secret to achieving your health and fitness goals – it can actually save you money and time. It’s definitely something worth trying for everyone!