1. Set Your Goals
Your nutritional needs are the foundation of your meal plan. So before you start bookmarking recipes, do a quick assessment of your personal goals. What do you need to eat more of? Less of? Do you have a target calorie count? What foods are best for you? You need to find out what foods are right for your body so you can plan appropriately! Fueling your body properly comes from knowing and ensuring your dense and daily nutrients are accounted for daily. There was a time I binged a lot and it was because I wasn't focusing on nutrients I was only focusing on calories. So, take some time to set your goals!
2. Make a Master Recipe Plan
Once you know what you need to eat, compile a master list of recipes. That way, you can pull easily from that list rather than combing through cookbooks every week or falling into the rut of repeating what you made last week. For me I have a binder of my favorite recipes I alternate through! You can use index cards or a spreadsheet, whatever works!
3. Strategic Shopping
Grocery shopping is KEY. Make a grocery list based on your favorite healthy foods and any new recipes you’ve pulled. You want your fridge and pantry stocked with all the items ready to go to make your favorite meals so it's not a daunting task for you. Have veggies, fruits, nuts, and lean protein always available so you can whip something up quick and ensure all your nutrients are present in your meal!
4. Prep Prep Prep!
Sundays, I go to the grocery store and as SOON as I get back I start washing and cutting up veggies, cooking quinoa and sweet potato for the week, and bake a tone of chicken it's easier throughout the week to grab and go!
5. No Turning Back; You GOT this!
Prepping is the hardest part. After that the other obstacles like eating foods you don't like (kale, brussels sprouts, etc.). I also make sure I get RID of all temptation foods from the house. Why would I set myself up for that? If I have already prepped all my healthy meals and prepped my self for success, I certainly will not intentionally keep tempting items around. I promise the more you train yourself to eat WHOLE food, you will learn to crave it.
*Let me know if a sample prep day for me would be helpful for you to see!
*The foundation of these tips came from Beachbody however I did make them my own!
Though I am a certified personal trainer through AFAA, I am not a nutritionist. Any food posts on this blog are simply related to my journey!