As we move into the second week of the New Year, I am excited to share the healthy meal plan for this week. It's packed with delicious and healthy recipes to keep you on track and keep dinner time stress free.
Also as we move into the second week of resolutions, goals, and aspirations, if you are anything like me, this is when things start to get tough. The excitement might have worn off a little bit, the difficulty of truly changing a habit is starting to get real, and life has began to get in the way again. It's a bit inevitable I think, but it absolutely doesn't mean it's time to throw in the towel. Instead it's time to step back and really identify what is making things difficult for you and how you can overcome those obstacles.
After talking to many folks last week, here are the three most common obstacles that surfaced and some ideas for solutions.
Planning: I can't tell you how many people shared that they failed to plan in some aspect and that threw them off course. It could have been failing to plan for a workout or more likely, failing to plan for meals and snacks. Most often, I heard something like this, "I had hoped to cooked healthy recipe X for dinner on Wednesday. I was going to stop at the grocery store on my way home and the cook. But then I ended up having to stay at work for an extra hour at work and by the time I left I was starving and so was my family. Instead of preparing the healthy meal I planned on, we ended up getting take-out. And I was so stressed out about the whole thing, I ended up eating 4 slices of pizza. Ugh. I guess I will start again next Monday."
Does this sound familiar? I can't tell how you how many times I have started again on Mondays. So instead of planning things the day of, when it's easy to let life get in the way, plan and prep on the weekend so you not only know what you are going to cook, you have everything you need at home already. Additionally, you can do some Sunday meal prep and get even more ahead. Additionally, if you do slip up, don't throw in the towel. Just reset and start the next day. Don't keep waiting for Monday. A meal plan is a great tool for this whether you use our healthy meal plans, build your own, or use plans from another source.
Snacks: This seems like a simple one, but lots of people shared that snacks were their biggest obstacle. Without planned out healthy snacks they found themselves starving and falling prey to office junk food. The solution here is pretty simple. Stock up on healthy snacks and keep a supply at your office, in your car, at home - wherever you need them. Then always pack some extra fresh fruit and veggies in the morning since it can be hard to predict when hunger will strike.
Skipping Breakfast: Lastly, I was shocked to hear how many people reported sabotaging their day because they skipped breakfast, ending up starving, and made less healthy decisions later on in the day. Breakfast is critical and provides fuel for the whole day. More importantly, it can set the tone for the whole day. Those who make healthy choices for breakfasts, usually make healthier choices throughout the day. If you fall into this trap, consider making all your breakfasts ahead of time on Sunday. You can make overnight oats, oat bars. chia seed pudding, breakfast sandwiches, or any other make ahead meal that will ensure you get a healthy breakfast.
Since I know that many people simply don’t have the time to create their own healthy meal plans, we provide delicious and healthy meal plans at Slender Kitchen that you can customize to meet your needs.
Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:
Each healthy weekly meal plan comes full of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plans come in regular, vegetarian, and low carb options. All feature complete nutritional information, Weight Watchers SmartPoints, and categorized shopping lists! There are also two bonus fallback recipes weekly and the option for either a complete meal plan or a Dinner Only plan. This includes our interactive meal planning option where you can customize the number of servings for each meal, swap in new recipes if you don't like something, or build your own meal plan from scratch. All that for less the cost of one cup of coffee per month with the yearly plan.
Customizable weekly meal plans that include recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, nutritional information, shopping lists, and more.
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