Make eating healthy a priority.
I found if I was eating well, there was a good chance that I was living well too. ~Jenny Rosenstrach, “Dinner: A Love Story”
If I don’t prioritize myself and my family, we will pay for it. Not feeling good, headaches, low energy, brain fog, and extra calories are the result of bad food choices and not making a choices for better health.
My need is to be proactive in the foods I have available and to reserve energy for the time it takes to prepare healthy foods.
Tips for planning nourishing meals:
- Organize recipes. I love Pinterest. Recipe apps. are a great source for maintaining weight and keeping track of food eaten.
- Go with what you know and have on hand. Be creative with what you currently have while making it healthy. If you have healthy choices you’ll cook and eat healthier.
- Keep it simple. My motto. I have a notepad for the grocery store or Costco for my husband or son to add to. Have frutis and vegetables on hand so it’s easier to grab an apple on the go. I love real peanut butter, no added sugar with apples.
- Decide on a healthy eating approach that works for you. I need boundaries. No sweets or I’ll eat them. Basically, I eat more protein, veggies with every meal and little or no carbs from flour, rice or starch. If I have carbs I try to have them for breakfast or lunch, skip them at dinner.
- Schedule a time to meal plan and grocery shop. When I’m already out and doing errands, I grocery shop then so I can be more efficient with my time and energy. My energy is just as important as my time.
- Freeze for fun and free time. Make freezer meals. Double the recipe and freeze one. Why not do it with a friend so you can both benefit with healthy freezer meals? It’s more fun and the time will go by fast. One can be chopping while the other is cooking on the stove. Choose a friend who eats and cooks like you do, so healthy needs are compatible.
- Make a list of quick easy meals. Turkey and chicken are what I usually have on hand with some various veggies. I try to have recipes that my family likes to use those items.
Take the time to enjoy your meal.
Plan to eat dinner by 6:00 as often as your schedule allows. There are studies done that we need 10 to 12 hours for our bodies to digest our food in the evening and while we are sleeping.
Take time enough for your meals, and eat them in company whenever you can. There is no need for hurry in life—least of all when we are eating. ~Edward Everett Hale, “How to Get the Best of It,” c.1892
What tips can you add to plan nourishing meals?
Notes were taken from “Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.”~Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph