Benefits of Meal Planning

Weekly meal planning is a vital part of staying on track with a healthy diet. It helps you avoid the urge to reach for a pre-packaged meal or order carry-out because you don’t have anything fresh with which to cook a meal. In addition to helping you diet more successfully, here are the other benefits of meal planning.

Save Time

When you plan meals for the entire week ahead of time, you can pick a day when you have extra time on your hands to make preparations. You might build a slow-cooker meal or construct a casserole and throw it in the freezer for an evening later that week. Make it a habit of looking ahead at what’s scheduled for tomorrow’s dinner and pulling that meal out of the freezer to thaw in plenty of time.

Save Money

Many people think you can’t eat real, fresh food on a tight budget. Thanks to meal planning, you can! Check your local grocery store ad and build that week’s menu around what food is on sale. You’ll also save money by creating a shopping list ahead of time that helps prevent impulse buys.

Lower Your Stress Level

As 4:00 rolls around each day, how often do you find yourself asking, “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?” Having this question perpetually in the back of your mind takes up the mental energy you need to get through the day. A written plan takes the uncertainty and stress out of weeknight meals.

Reduce Food Waste

It’s frustrating – not to mention wasteful and costly – to find a container of moldy leftovers at the back of the fridge. With meal planning, you know how you’re going to use all the food you buy that week, including leftovers, so food is rarely wasted.

Involves Your Kids

The hardest part about meal planning is brainstorming ideas for the week. If you have kids at home, get them involved. Not only does this take some of the stress off your shoulders, but it also gets your kids excited about eating the healthy meals you plan.

Enjoy Variety

Meal planning may seem like a restriction, but actually, it’s a chance to try out new recipes all the time. This variety prevents your family from falling into the trap of eating the same half-dozen meals over and over.

At LeanMD, we encourage our patients to eat real, fresh food, as opposed to pre-packaged diet meals or shakes that lack a long-term strategy for maintaining your weight once the diet is over. Our program includes recipe booklets, shopping lists and easy-to-follow guides that help you prepare delicious, nutritious meals for your family that don’t compromise flavor for lower calories.

To learn more about the fresh, tasty food you will enjoy with LeanMD, please contact us at one of our locations near you in California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, or Oregon and schedule an appointment with our team today.

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