Oh my word. It’s 5 pm on Monday and (let’s face it) you just got out of your pajamas. All of a sudden you realize that you really should have dinner on the table in the next hour. Add to that the diet sheet that your midwife sent home with you to fill out this week and you realize with startling clarity that you can’t eat out again or she might blow a gasket.
We’ve all been there.
If you are like most women who walk this earth, meal planning isn’t at the top of your list of favorite things to do.
But according to the scores of women who have mastered this necessary evil…….after some practice you will realize just how much of a life saver this one discipline can be.
Eating nourishing food can make all the difference in the world when it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can combat serious conditions such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, as well as helping to guard against low milk supply.
It’s hard to stay consistent, though, when you don’t have a plan. That’s why we are here to help with a list of ways to make meal planning a part of your schedule.
- Determine what kind of food your family needs. Do you have dietary restrictions that your midwife has given you? Food allergies? Knowing what you might need to avoid is critical in feeling your best and staying motivated.
- How often would you like to make your meal plan? Weekly? Bi-weekly? Monthly? Personally, I find it best for our family to plan our meals by the week. That way I can customize the type of meal to go with each evening’s plans. Church on Wednesday night? I know I’ll need a crockpot meal. Gorgeous weekend coming up? Let’s fire up the grill!
- Treat yourself while making your meal plan! Find a time when the house is quiet and indulge in a piece of dark chocolate (if your midwife approves, of course!) or head to your favorite coffee shop! 20 minutes of focus while doing something you love (like eating dark chocolate and drinking herbal tea) makes this habit sustainable.
Meal planning can be a big part of a healthy lifestyle that brings peace to your home and nourishment to your family!
What are some of the ways you stay motivated to meal plan?
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