Have you heard the saying failing to plan is planning to fail?? Well this is particularly true when it comes to planing healthy eating.
Did you also know that you can change your life in a little as 24 hours simply by changing the food you eat? Eating fresh food at the peak of its freshness ensures that you are not only getting the tastiest food but you are also consuming a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins and minerals essential to your health and wellbeing. This is why I encourage my friends, family and clients to eat with the seasons and to shop local to maximise the health benefits from food. Shopping and eating with the seasons will also save you money!!!
We need to be treating our food as medicine otherwise we may end up eating our medicine as food. There are no short cuts to better health and expensive designer supplements will not improve your health like food can. Although there are supplements that can help your body return to a state of health they are not treated in the body the same as the complexities of food and must only be used as a supplement to a varied healthy diet.
Research shows that people who cook at home are more healthy this is because you can control the ingredients that enter your body and save money on takeaway food.
In today’s society we are struggling to fit in all our responsibilities, gone are the days where we had the luxury of having caregiver at home to cook and care for the family. This is why now more than ever it is important to plan our weekly menu!! You can save time, money and cleaning by preparing your meals in one weekend a month. click here for tips
When planning your weekly menu ask these simple questions
- What do I like to eat? Can I prepare this meal in advance and freeze portions? Is there a healthier option? What is a healthy portion size?
- How often do I want to eat out? where? Plan this into your weekly menu to save wastage.
- Do I have the relevant skills or knowledge? How do I acquire it e.g. youtube, cooking class, nutrition consult etc
- Do I have the kitchen equipment? e.g. reusable storage containers
It is important that you listen to your body and in some cases retrain your body for better health especially when it comes to portion size and tastebuds. I would suggest keeping a food diary for a week, this may be as simple as taking photos of everything that goes into your mouth. At the end of the week you can review the photo’s to see how you can make healthier options.
There are also a range of App’s on the internet that will help you track food and provide options for healthier choices. I like the FoodSwitch App it is so simple to use.
What are your tips for weekly menu planning and food prep? Comment below to share what works for you.