Story by: Erin Wiedmar on July 15, 2019
Do you tend to grab your meals from a vending machine or a drive-through? You know it’s not good for you, yet you continue to do it. Eating healthy meals throughout the week takes some planning to avoid the pitfall of convenience eating.
When you plan your meals, you are better able to make sound food choices and avoid less-healthy food products like added sugar and refined flour. Knowing where your next meal is coming from helps you control food cravings and impulse decisions.
If it’s 10 a.m. and someone walks in with doughnuts, you’re more likely to be able to avoid those sweets if you can picture your next meal: “I don’t need those; I’m excited about my pork chop with roasted potatoes and seasoned Brussels sprouts I’m having for lunch.”
Now, it’s time to hit the grocery. You may like to do it yourself, but there are services that allow you to pick up a custom order and make grocery shopping a breeze!
Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens, online visits with a provider, Norton Immediate Care Centers or your primary care physician: Norton Healthcare has the care you need, when you need it.
The fun doesn’t stop there. When you get home from the grocery, make sure to get yourself ready for the week. Wash and display your produce so that you don’t forget about it. Complete any meal prepping that you need to, like putting together these make-ahead breakfast burritos filled with almost 6 grams of fiber and only 21 grams net carbohydrates. If you are using any meat you bought that week, don’t bother freezing it — this will just make it harder to cook when it comes time.
The meal planning process is cyclic, just like the laundry. It has to be done each week! Work on improving your process each time — you will get better and better. Also, don’t forget to plan some nights off — head out to your favorite restaurant and let someone else do the dishes!
See these great ideas to add to your meal plan:
Erin Wiedmar is a clinical nutritionist with Norton Healthcare.
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