Some days I come home and sit on the couch and wish that I still lived at home so my mom would be there to make dinner. This situation happens a lot when I’m in the middle of hard training and running a lot!
I’ve found the best way to make it easier to eat healthily is to make a meal plan so there’s no mental effort involved in making dinner. If I have a recipe picked out and all the food to prepare it, chances are that I will make it.
I’ve found meal planning to be a big help not only in terms of reduced mental effort but also there’s less wasted food and generally grocery shopping is less expensive because I buy fewer unnecessary groceries. Overall, it’s been a big improvement in my life!
In an ideal week on Sunday I figure out 5-6 recipes that I want to make and create a shopping list from what I need for each recipe. Callum and I eat leftovers for lunch everyday of the week and we eat eggs and toast or oatmeal and fruit for breakfast every morning.
This means that I really just need to buy food for my chosen recipes plus some breakfast food and we are well fed for a week. I also purposely make recipes that I think will have enough food for leftovers (we eat a lot!).
Here’s what this week looked like:
Sunday – Saag Chana Masala (from the Isa Does It cookbook)
Monday – Curried Sweet Potato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Tuesday – DIY Burrito Bowl from Oh She Glows
Wednesday – Pad Thai
Thursday – Homemade Pizza and Salad
Friday – Pea Soup with Salad
Saturday – out
I definitely run better and feel better when I eat food that I make and a little bit of food planning goes a long way. There’s nothing better than coming home from a long run and knowing exactly what I’m going to eat for dinner and that’s why I try to meal plan every week.
Do you plan your meals? Do you have a go to post-run dinner?