I wanted to share with you the first big change I made to my life when I first started on my journey of being my best self. I knew that if I implemented a lot of BIG, new strategies I would feel overwhelmed. The first area I focused on in my journey was 21 Day Fix Meal Planning.
It’s no secret that to be consistent with healthy eating habits takes work and planning. But it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds! We are going to break it down into simple and attainable steps, three to be exact!
Before we break down our three steps to 21 Day Fix meal planning and prepping, check out this 21 Day Fix Sample eating plan to see just how simple your plans can be before you begin putting together your menu (you can also download it below!).Sample Eating Plan Download CarrieElle.com
Let’s dive into our 3 steps to making your weekly meal planning something you can conquer quickly instead of dread!
Phase 1 – Planning!
Meal planning is asking the what’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner question once for the whole week, instead of every night, and then shopping for and prepping the ingredients before cooking!
In order for me to be successful in eating healthy, I have to put in the effort each week to set myself up for success. What does that mean? What does it entail? I am going to give you a sneak peak into my meal planning from beginning to end! My hope is that this small piece of information will help you to see that 21 Day Fix Meal Planning is crucial to your journey and does not have to be overwhelming.
Starting on Friday evening I head to CarrieElle to find 21 Day Fix specific recipes that are delicious, filling and healthy and stay on course with my wellness plan. Once I narrow down the recipes I would like to include in my weekly plan, I use a 21 day fix food list to check off items. This allows me to visually see that for the week I will be hitting all of my bench marks. This sheet then becomes my grocery list!
You might be asking yourself, well what if you need items that are not on the list? I add additional items to the bottom of the list, or make a note aside of the item if I need a different type of mushroom or different type of meat than what was listed.
If you are the type that would like a preplanned menu, I have you covered. To check out my exclusive meal plan for the week head to 21 day fix weekly meal plan. I stay between 1200-1499 in calories but always add an additional red container (protein) for personal preference.
Want to keep it REALLY simple? Pick out the recipes from my 21 day fix weekly meal plan that you like and substitute the ones you don’t like with leftovers or plan to eat out. Remember keep it simple.
Phase 2 – Shopping
Heading to the grocery store without a list is like going on a trip with no directions. If you have no idea what you are buying, how can you expect to get what you need?
Using the 21 day Fix meal plan as a grocery list is beneficial to keeping on track with your goals. This method of food shopping has truly helped my family spend less money on food, which has helped our monthly budget!
Phase 3 – Meal Prep
Prep basic components and then put them together to make new meals during the week. Then, on the day you want to cook it, all you have to do is take out the containers and dump!
After shopping on Sunday morning, I come home prepare and cut up all of the fruits and veggies. Then we place them in air tight mason jars. Chop broccoli and cauliflower, cube squash, dice leeks, slice mushrooms, onions and peppers. These produce items are predominately used for dinners. Slice bell peppers, dice tomato & onion for salsa, celery and carrot sticks (place in filtered water). Also, cucumbers are wonderful additions to your snack menu.
Clean your lettuce and spinach, as well as all fruits. Rinse grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries and place in an air tight container or use your 21 Day Fix PURPLE container and measure out your specific portion for even more accountability. When in season, dice your favorite melon or pineapple into chunks or slices!
If you have purchased bulk “family style” meat, cut up or separate depending on what recipe you are using that particular protein for. Be sure to label all meat with the recipe you are using it for as well as the date.
After a long day, it is great to know that because everything is planned and prepared and we can all sit down to a healthy meal that didn’t take much time to make.
I hope this post has been helpful! Take it one day at a time, one meal at a time and know that if you give yourself a chance you will succeed.