One of the common things I get asked for is a meal plan and I actually have one as part of my Energetic Mama ebook so you be forgiven if you were to think I was being a hypocrite!
Let me clear it up for you! When I say I don’t believe in meal plans I mean I don’t believe in educating someone to eat healthy in a sustainable way by telling them to eat this for breakfast on Monday and that for dinner on Wednesday. And I don’t believe a health coach or a celebrity personal trainer can create a one size fits all meal plan that is going to suit everybody. The biggest issue I have with meal plans is they don’t make the most of what is available to you in your local area; what is fresh, seasonal and abundant to you! It is a good idea to make the most of this produce as it is more affordable and nutritionally superior than food that has travelled miles and is out of season!
It’s not that I don’t recommend planning your meals but I invite you to try meal planning another way, here’s how
- Shop – visit your local farmers market and buy what is available. If it is available at your local farmers market it will be local, fresh and in season. You will often get bargains such as boxes of tomatoes or apples, gigantic bunches of greens or herbs at dirt cheap prices because the farmers have an abundance of whatever’s in season! Maybe the fishmonger has mullet on special or the butcher has cheap lamb. Don’t think about what you are going to make just buy whatever looks great! If you can’t make it to a farmers market a fruit and veg shop is the next best thing.
- Seek – When you get all of your lovely fresh produce home, seek out some recipes that use the produce. Most good cookbooks have an index at the back where you can look up specific ingredients or you can look online. How did we ever survive without the internet! Simply google search tomato and basil or lamb and fennel recipes and see what comes up. You may even want to get creative and put together something yourself. Go for simple recipes that don’t require too many ingredients. You may need some staples from your pantry or extra ingredients that you can pick up from the supermarket or local deli.
- Plan – Now you can plan your meals for the week based on the ingredients you have and the recipes you have found. Can you see the difference? This way of meal planning helps you make the most of the beautiful local produce that is available to you, which benefits your health, the environment and your bank balance!
There is another huge benefit, the process of meal planning in this way helps you build your recipe repertoire, discover new flavour combinations and think for yourself in the kitchen rather than following a plan that someone else is dictating to you (which doesn’t teach you much at all)
So why did I include a 7 day meal plan as part of my Energetic Mama ebook I hear you ask! Well it is an example of what a week’s eating looks like based on the nutritional principles I describe in my ebook. So I give mums the information behind why I have put together the meals the way I have while also giving them examples of what that looks like in the kitchen. They are then able to go on and create healthy meals themselves.
You see I am passionate about educating mums on how to eat well so they feel great! Health has become Way too complicated and I want to simplify it for you and give you the tools and practical tips required to eat well in a sustainable way without the need for dieting or counting calories! My approach is all about delicious, satisfying foods combined with healthy lifestyle habits and focusing on feeling good and then looking good will naturally follow!
My brand new program is opening very soon! Delicious Wellbeing is a 6 week ecourse, nourishing mums to vitality through real food. You will join a community of like minded mums and learn how food can nourish your body, boost your energy levels, eliminate digestive discomfort, balance your hormones and help you become more resilient to the everyday stresses involved in being a mum! We look at establishing a healthy attitude to food and body image and I help to clear up the confusion around nutrition. Every week there are In the kitchen segments, where you learn practical tips and recipes, and there are weekly challenges so you can implement the information you have learnt so you get results.
There are no meal plans of course but plenty of resources, recipes, practical tips and tricks to teach you how to become confident with healthy food so you can feel and look great for the long term!
Do you meal plan? Has this post helped you see another way? Let me know in the comments.