“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This axiom is attributed variously to the late war-time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and to self-help guru Alan Lakein. Regardless of who said it, it rings true in many realms, not the least of which is health and wellness. “Fitness starts in the kitchen,” is another popular adage. I believe both of these statements to be patently true, especially when you are first starting out with healthy eating and active living.
Changing habits is hard work, and until better-for-you choices become reflexive and automatic (this comes with experience and practice), it can be nice to set yourself up for success in as many ways as possible. Planning and preparing for healthy meals (and snacks) can help to take the guesswork out of your day and help you to make good decisions when hunger pangs strike you at 2:43pm on your way past the vending machine (or even 2:43am when the middle-of-the-night-munchies strike). Being able to get healthy, family-friendly meals on the table in less time than it takes for the pizza delivery to arrive also means that you will be less likely to pick up the phone for takeout in the first place!
This post is dedicated to bringing you guidelines, tips, tricks and suggestions for healthy meal planning and preparation. This will support your wellness goals and hopefully save your sanity during the weekday dinner rush!