Diet’s DON’T Work!
Yet we continue to believe the problem is with us and not the problem of dieting and diet culture. You are never going to be successful long-term on a restrictive diet unless you have the discipline and the willpower to do so.
If that’s you, great! You can stop reading and find something better to do with your time.
But if you’re like the rest of us, who want to feel good in your body and in your life, eat out at any restaurant, attend social events, and not putting a value on food (good, bad, evil, toxic), keep reading.
Make Meal Planning a Habit
Meal planning is one of the best ways to build a better relationship with food (and money) because it has nothing to do with the eat this, not that approach that is the diet model. When you plan out your meals for the week (and maybe even the whole month), you never have to worry about what to eat and you’ll be less likely to make food choices that don’t feel good because you’ve already planned out your meals for the day.
Over time, meal planning helps you eat more intuitively and with more variety because you will start to notice patterns in your habits and overall lifestyle. Then, if you want to change anything, you can simply swap out a recipe on your own terms vs feeling like you can’t have it or have to give up something that tastes good.
When meal planning becomes a habit, it encourages you to become more curious about new foods and recipes to try, because you won’t want to eat the same thing over and over again. What’s more, meal planning doesn’t mean you can’t eat out, you just plan that into your weekly meal calendar!
Meal planning can reduce food waste and saves money and time, as you’ll only be buying what you need and you can plan recipes around your schedule and culinary ability.
Here are my two favorite meal planning options:
PlateJoy offers customizable meal planning that includes a shopping list feature with optional add-ons such as grocery delivery and fitness tracking.
You simply plug in your dietary preferences, how you like to shop, cook, and eat, the number of mealtimes you’d like recipes for, and PlateJoy will generate a week’s worth of recipes that you can use right away. You can even swap out recipes you don’t like.
Visit platejoy.com to learn more, and use code GET10 to save $10 on your subscription.
Plant to Eat is for those who have their own recipe collections, whether from family, cookbooks, or found online. Designed like a social network, you can upload your favorite recipes, download the bookmark tool to load recipes straight from your favorite food blogs, and invite your friends to join and share recipes with you. You can also get access to other members’ recipes and meal planning ideas. There’s a calendar feature where you can plug in your recipes for the week and print out shopping lists.
If you’re using Pinterest to collect recipes, you’ll definitely want to check out Plan to Eat.
Visit plantoeat.com to get started.