Last week was an eating disaster for me. I ate out for lunch everyday. I treated myself to candy and sweets a few too many times and ultimately wasted a lot of the healthy groceries that I bought with good intentions. When life gets busy this becomes a common pattern for me.
This weekend I put last week’s food disaster behind me and came up with a strategy to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. Check out my plan below.
Clean out the Fridge
Last week was so disorganized that I lost track of what I had in my fridge. I am embarrassed to admit that I found three small bags
of basil buried in my fridge. I really hate when my fridge gets so cluttered and I have no idea what food is actually there. I find having a clean and organized fridge helps me stay on track nutrition wise, reduces wasted food, and helps me save money.
Come up with a meal plan
Once I had a handle on what was actually in my fridge I came up with a meal plan. A well thought out meal plan is crucial since I’m busy with work, my blog and our exercise program. This week I found my inspiration from Clean Eating Magazine. Clean Eating Magazine has a really great selection of meal plans that are well balanced and delicious. Planning ahead is really important for me right now because I am doing a lot more exercising than before in an attempt to get back into shape and I need to focus on increasing the amount of protein I eat.
If you are interested you can check out my latest meal plan here.
Make a list
I find making a list based on the contents of my fridge and my meal plan helps my life stay organized and on track. It also reduces the chance of straying from the list. This means less chance of being tempted by unhealthy treats or buying too much food.
Get ahead with food preparation
When I got home from the grocery store this weekend I did a bunch of food preparation. I grated cheese, washed fruit and chopped veggies. My hope is that this will help make dinners quicker and less messy during the week. I’m also going to make an effort to make my lunches at night so that I’m not so rushed in the morning.
Freeze those leftovers
The final step for reducing waste is freezing leftovers. On Wednesday nights I get home at 8:00PM and the last thing I want to do is cook. Having a stash of leftovers in the freezer helps reduce the temptation to pick up the phone and dial for take-out.
Wish me luck as I try to plan ahead this week! I will report back next week on how everything went!