1 Simple Tip To Radically Simplify Meal Planning

1 Simple Tip To Radically Simplify Meal Planning

Want to know a super simple tip to radically simplify meal planning? Use theme days! One theme for each day of the week. To be honest, I was not too excited about the idea of theme days for a very looooooong time.  I always felt like having a theme set for each day would be constricting and not allow for creativity.  My fear was always, “What if that theme day rolls around and I’m not in the mood for that meal?”  Silly? Perhaps. My husband, on the other hand, loves the idea of having theme days.  (And I do mean love as in love love LOVES the idea.)  He’s all about order, routine, and not having to (watch me) spend hours and hours meal planning or staring into the fridge wondering what to cook.   Well, after much resistance, I finally decided to give this whole “theme day” thing a try.  Just to see how it would work.  And I have a confession….  I like using theme days.  Me- the former “theme-day-hater” has converted.   You see I learned that having some set of parameters in place (like theme days) doesn’t restrict my creativity, it actually increases it!  Having some structure to create in and around brings quite a bit of freedom.  A theme for each day of the week really reduces the overwhelm of meal planning.  Instead of having to come up with several random meals for the week, you just have to decide one theme for each day and a few meals that fit that theme. Simple, right?    I highly suggest you give this time-saving and highly effective tip...

8 Things I’ve Learned From Breaking Up With Meal Planning

Image Source: Walt Stoneburner   Meal planning and I have had an extensive love/hate relationship.  I loved the benefit and rewards that meal planning brought to my life, but hated the effort and attention that meal planning demanded.  We have a long and complicated history of being on again & off again. But like all relationships, you always learn something. Here are 8 things I’ve learned from breaking up with meal planning:   1.     I spend a lot of money on last minute take out.  Dinner time rolls around and the question of “What’s for dinner?” spurs on a conversation that ends with me ordering take out for my husband to pick up.  Team work at its finest. 😉 2.    I often go hungry.  Sometimes I actually forget to eat because I don’t have anything planned.  And then I get over hungry and the result is lesson #3. 3.    I have the potential to be a very anxious and “hangry” person.  Familiar with that word? That’s when you are hungry AND angry.  It’s not a pretty combination.  Angry about being hungry. Angry at the world.  Enough said. 4.    I have the ability to get totally and completely overwhelmed with the responsibility of making food for my family. Without a plan, I can walk in and out of the kitchen several times a day until I just collapse from emotional and mental exhaustion. 5.    Food stored safely in the confines of the fridge has the mysterious ability to disappear and only reappear when its at the point of no return.  Money (& yummy potential) down the...
Brainfood: What Every Traveler Should Bring With Them

Brainfood: What Every Traveler Should Bring With Them

My husband went out of town for work last week. He spent 5 FULL DAYS in a classroom setting with lecture on thermodynamics and then took a test on the final day. This was the longest we’ve ever been apart since before we were married.  Trying to work out all the logistics before he left took mental priority, and packing him some nourishing snacks for the road and week sort of fell off the radar. Whoops! Thankfully, he never went hungry and we did manage to pack some fruit and nuts for the road, so overall he survived. But after eating out all week long, he came home feeling like he had gained at least 5 pounds and desperate for a detox. Every night we talked, he sounded pretty worn down and mentally fatigued. I resolved that we needed a better game plan for any future work trips he may have. Hence this list. I chose these foods specifically for improving brain function and focus, but they also had to pass the test of being easy to transport, clean enough to eat on the go, and of course be healthy. Brainfood Packing List Pack these healthy foods to prevent energy slumps, blood sugar crashes and brain fog! Water Water is essential. Don’t skip packing enough water to sustain you. And check this benefit out- “When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.”1 Homemade Larabars TIP— If you’re strapped for time, store-bought is a decent option (no added junk). Larabars are simply...