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Tip Tuesday: Meal Planning

Meal planning is definitely not a new idea. It has become very popular over the last 5-10 years. Often, when I say something about meal planning, I can feel an energetic groan. I admit, I do it myself sometimes when I think about all the things I “should” do, meal planning included. I just wrapped up a meal plan for a new coaching client of mine and I am all hyped up on it. So I wanted to share some of that excitement with all of you. How do we take the *groan* out of meal planning?

Mindset shift

This a-ha moment came to me today. Meal planning is not something that we HAVE to do or SHOULD do, it is something that we GET to do. We have choices every day in how we take care of ourselves. We get to decide what we put in our bodies. Having a plan, a meal plan, makes that decision a lot more straightforward. There is less stress and decision fatigue when we already know what we are going to fuel our bodies with that day.

Saves Time and Energy

With that idea in mind, sitting down for 1 hour a week will save you time each and every day and at each meal. When you know what you are going to eat and already have it planned, purchased, and prepped, not just meals, but everything else around us becomes a lot less chaotic.

Saves Money

By being proactive and planning, we won’t make poor health and financial choices out of being hangry. That is better for our bodies and our wallets. Also, it makes grocery shopping a lot easier and more straightforward when you have a set plan and grocery list for what to buy.

It Can Still Be Fun

Sometimes people groan because they feel like meal planning takes out all the fun. Maybe it isn’t as spontaneous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan in a night out, lunch out, snacks, or special desserts. You get to decide!

Wrap Up

Meal planning does not have to be complex. Actually, I encourage people to make it as simple as possible. If it still seems like a daunting task or you feel overwhelmed on where to get started, let’s do it together! I would love to offer you my services. Reach out via text or email to get started (517) 234-4420 or candice@optimizeyoumi.com.

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