Healthy meal planning doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Do you think you are too busy to cook? Do you feel uninspired? Do you want to eat healthier but don't know where to start? There is so much information out there, that deciding what to eat – or what not to eat – can be very confusing.
It can even be discouraging, frustrating, mind-boggling.....well, you get the picture! Just when you think you have it all figured out, you come across a website that tells you to do the exact opposite.
Of course, there are common factors. No diet encourages eating processed or chemical-filled foods. But, it's important to look at all the options and decide what is best for your lifestyle, preferences, and dietary needs.
Clean Eating Meal Plan:
Clean eating is simple and uncomplicated. Basically, it's choosing whole foods and eating them in their most natural state. Nothing added, nothing removed. And, it's not as boring as it sounds. It's actually quite tasty, and may even help you develop a whole new appreciation for fresh foods.
We've included a few ideas to get you started, but once you get the hang of it, you will be experimenting with spices and creating your own recipes in no time!
Healthy Meal Planning Recipes:
Do you want to feed your family healthy meals, but you're tired of the same old recipes? Has back-to-the-basics become blasé? Here are some simple, easy to prepare recipes that will put the taste and excitement back into healthy eating. We've even included printable recipe cards for these delicious dishes.
Healthy Clean Eating:
In a world full of fad diets, what exactly does “clean eating” mean? When you hear this phrase, do you ask questions like, “How much is it going to cost?”, “How much work is involved?” and, “What do I have to give up?”
Simply put, it's a back-to-the-basics approach to eating. You don't have to count calories, you don't have to buy special supplements or weird foods, and you don't have to cut out major food groups (well, unless you consider potato chips a food group).
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work:
The classic PBJ can become uninspiring and unappetizing after a while, right? Are you at a loss when it comes to packing interesting and delicious lunches that you are actually going to want to eat?
Surprisingly, with a little planning and minimal work, you can prepare a tasty lunch that is much healthier than a fast food restaurant or a vending machine – and less expensive, too! Plus, you'll even look forward to eating it. From yummy sandwiches to hearty soups, fresh salads, and even leftovers, the ideas are limitless.
Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan:
The Mediterranean diet has been around for decades and is proven to lower the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. It's also a great way to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
Plus, it doesn't eliminate any food groups. Not every diet can say that! And, we always crave what we can't have, right? If you don't want to feel deprived, then this is the meal plan for you. It's balanced, affordable, and easy to follow.
Mediterranean Diet Food List:
Rather than focusing on what you “can't” eat, the Mediterranean meal plan emphasizes what you “should” eat. And, there are a lot of foods to choose from so you will never be bored.
Some things are limited, but nothing is forbidden. Once you become familiar with the Mediterranean diet food pyramid, adapting to this plan is simple, even if you're cooking for a picky eater.
Paleo Diet Meal Plan:
History has shown that our hunter-gatherer ancestors rarely had to deal with many of the diseases that are so prevalent today. However, if you have tried to research the Paleo diet, you have probably discovered that there are many different versions of this meal plan.
Yes, at first glance it can be somewhat confusing (and even contradictory), but rather than focusing on the differences, it's important to look at what the various “experts” can agree upon. The amazing health benefits can really be found in the similarities. And, having a basic list of common guidelines can be helpful, too!
Post Workout Meal:
What you feed your body after a strenuous workout will make a difference in how well your muscles recover and how quickly you see results. Exercise puts a lot of demands on your body, so it's important to give it the energy it needs to rebuild, repair, and function efficiently for the rest of the day. Knowing when and how to refuel will help you get the most out of your workouts.
Printable Food Diary:
Do you like to see things in writing? Do you find it hard to keep track of what – and how much – you are eating? Do you like to nibble and snack? It can be hard to keep it all straight.
That's why a printable food diary can be helpful. In fact, studies have shown that people who keep a food journal actually lose more weight. You can learn a lot about yourself and your habits, which will help you identify problem areas and make positive changes toward meeting your health and fitness goals.
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