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Anyone who has ever been on any kind of program the required food tracking knows how important meal planning is. Meal planning saves time and energy when you're trying to track what you're eating. As a side note, I have also found that meal planning has saved our family a ton of money as opposed to pre-made meals or eating out.
Every Sunday morning, I used to sit down with my cookbooks and pick out recipes. I'd write down a calendar of the week and the recipes, what books they were in and page numbers. Then I'd make a shopping list and hope I wasn't forgetting anything. So organized right?! It worked, and we were able to plan our meals, eat healthy and save on our food bill every month.
However, there were a few drawbacks. The first, it was extremely time consuming. The whole process of picking meals and writing everything out took about an hour. Which in the greater scheme of things, doesn't seem like that much time, but it adds up! There are many other things I can think of to spend my Sunday mornings doing than writing out shopping lists and putting together menus.
The second issue was that I would forget things on my shopping list. We've all been there. It's the end of the day, you're already tired from work and kids and everything else. You already don't feel like cooking, but you get to it any way. You start pulling everything out to make dinner and realize you're missing something from your recipe. Irritating! What else is there to do except to order pizza right?
Lastly, we were eating the same things. Even though I had quite a few cookbooks to pull from, we usually ended up pulling many of the same recipes week after week. Which definitely becomes uninspiring after a while.
A few years ago, I was introduced to a website that was a total game changer for me. It was called www.emeals.com. I found out that for $50/year, they would make up a weekly menu AND put together a grocery list for me. Breaking this down, it's less than $1 a week to have new meals every week and have someone else put together a (complete) grocery list for me.
They offer different meal plans for a wide variety of diets: low calorie, Mediterranean, low carb, Keto, and many more. There's really something for everyone. And another added benefit is that it lists not only calories per meal and serving but also macros (for all of my macro counting friends), which is a godsend when tracking what you're eating.
This is just another tool to use when on a journey to a healthier, happier life. I have used it for about 6 years now and would never go back to my old ways! I'm including a link on this post that will give you two weeks for free for any of those interested in getting started on using this awesome service!
Best in health,