We talk about cutting back on food consumption but we haven’t said how. So today I have some ideas. I plan my meals the day before. Actually I started planning to save money. I was planning a week at a time so I knew what to buy. Then I found that planning not only saved me money, but I had less food in the house and I ate less. Not really by design, kinda by accident.
It might sound like a crazy idea. If you try it you’ll get it. I wasn’t going out as much. I ate at home more because I knew what was for dinner. Before I started planning I’d stop and eat on the way home. It was easier and I didn’t have to clean up. But I’d just get home and turn on the TV and pull out the snacks.
Now I go home, make dinner, I stick to the plan. Eat dinner and clean up. Take care of any phone calls I need to return, do my email and finish up any paper work I need to do. By that time it usually after 8 and I find a movie I want to watch. I know many of you work- out at night, but I’m a morning person and I like to work- out before work. I’m up at 5 a.m. work-out for 30 minutes and hit the shower. Then I eat, dress and go to work. If you’ve been in the service you learn to keep your day organized. It works for me.
If you’re going to start to plan meals ahead of time, you’ll find it easier if you shop every couple of days. It’s easier at the beginning to just buy for two days at a time. Plan lunches in with the other meals. You’ll want to start bringing lunch and snacks with you to work and quit buying stuff out of the machine. As a rule you only buy stuff out of a vending machine because you’re bored or it’s break-time. It’s so easy today to get Greek Yogurt with fruit; they come in six-packs, at the grocery store, that’s the advantage of shopping every couple of days. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and blueberries are a great source of antioxidants.
If you can plan your meals a couple of days at a time and do it at night after dinner, that’s the key. Then you can stop on the way home with your list, pick up a few things and your done and on your way home. When I started planning meals this way, I would stop after work and try to plan the meals while I was shopping. That didn’t go well. First I learned to never shop for food when you’re hungry. You always buy too much. Make your shopping list after you finish eating, it’s much easier, you still have food on the brain but you’re not hungry.
Try this for a few weeks and I think it will work for you, just like it worked for me.