The Value of a Meal Plan aka Plan Ahead

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it. Luke 14:28

I received an email from someone this week who reminded me about the importance of meal planning. She made the comment that for her, without meal planning she would not likely eat nutritious, low calorie foods without making a conscious choice to do so. Without a plan she just automatically defaulted to unhealthy, fatty options that are usually affordable and convenient. Not to mention in abundance.

Meal planning is a must if you are serious about your weight loss goals and if you are serious about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As we all know, it’s one thing to lose weight but another thing entirely to keep it off! Here are a few tips taken from week 6 of my Redesign your Image Plan on Strategizing and Meal Planning:

Tip #1 set aside some time to prepare your meals

I recommend dedicating one day at the beginning of the week like a Saturday or Sunday to prepare meals for the week. I suggest that you cook at least 2 meals for the week so that you can have options and a successful week and of course, your meals become your lunch at the office. No more unhealthy lunch room specials at the job. No more vending machines-just good clean eating all week long. This is really important if you want to stay focused on developing a healthier lifestyle with the added benefit of losing weight.

Tip #2 strategies for the end of the day

If the drive to your place of employment is quite a distance (45 min. or more) from your home and you are constantly tempted to turn into fast food restaurants after getting off work to satisfy your hunger pains, I recommend taking a small grab and go snack to munch on during your driving home from work. It can be as simple as a piece of fresh fruit or a few crackers. A plan like this has SUCCESS written all over it!

Tip #3 menu possibilities!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

Below is an example of menu possibilities. When I got serious about changing my eating habits I discovered some wonderful new and exciting ways to prepare my meals. Some of the recipes are some of my old favorites that I have tweaked and absolutely have become my favorite things to eat. Keep in mind that eating clean is always less calories in and it speaks of a healthier lifestyle. These are the type of habits that will keep the weight off. Avoid recipes that require heavy creams, heavy butter for flavor, gravy, and cheese.

Counter clockwise: Lima Beans, Broth from Roaster (never waste good chicken broth, say freezer ready), Broccoli Leek Soup and Roaster

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