Wellness Wednesday: Meal Planning con’t…

 (My Happy Face) 

Let
me start by saying I so excited by all the feedback and discussion I am receiving
from my Wellness Wednesday post.  I love
that you guys are genuinely interested when you know better you
do better, right?  

There
were so many questions and comments about the previous meal planning post that
I decided to continue meal planning into this week’s post so we can further
discuss the pros of meal planning. 
Let’s start with the most asked
question from last week’s post.

How do you not
get bored of eating pretty much the same thing throughout the week?

After
deciding to become a vegetarian and doing a lot of research on foods I just
changed my mind set on food completely.  In the past I cooked and ate for
enjoyment not nutrition.  However now it’s the other way around, everything
I cook and eat serves a purpose.  I still have foods that I enjoy but
that’s not the main focus of me making a meal anymore.  Also, at most
I am cooking for two people and fresh organic veggies don’t last
long so whatever I buy gets cooked during the week.  I have grown
accustom to my habits and it doesn’t bother anymore and if It does I just go
out to eat, lol.  My weekly meal plan isn’t written in stone it’s just a
guide to help keep me on track.  To be honest cooking a different meal nightly
is tiresome for me, so I opt for convenience. 
 

Organic
produce is expensive and basically there is now way around it, eating well is
costly.  With that being said the main
purpose of me meal planning weekly is to cut the cost of my grocery bill.  It’s so easy to get off track once you’re in
the grocery store with all those great foods surrounding you.  Whole Foods recently opened in my
neighborhood and chile…that store will have you broke seriously.  I am always tempted by so many things I want
to try and buy BUT I have to remember I must do it in moderation or I will end up
with $200 grocery bill for just me, which is crazy!  I can only speak on my experiences but I am
sure that meal planning would be great for anyone with a family as well.  My eating habits didn’t happen overnight and
I am still progressing (I still struggle with cheese! Lol).  

So don’t
beat yourself up if you decided you want to eat out instead of having vegetarian
lasagna for the third night in a row.  It’s
okay because everyone has to start from somewhere, just like I did.  

You can
also work restaurant meals into your weekly plan as well.  I personally don’t during the week I usually
save my restaurant meals for the weekend. 
You can successfully eat well at your favorite restaurants with some
minor planning.  Before I get into that
it always helpful when your friends and family are supportive of your eating
habits, everyone knows Shea doesn’t eat this and she won’t eat that in my
circle.  So they are always pretty good
about picking restaurants that have vegetarian options or good seafood options.
I won’t get into eating out now I will save that for the next post, eating out can be a mission for me sometimes but it’s not impossible!     

Questions? Leave them below.

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  • Amanda Nagy

    When I went vegan (and now an occasional ovo-pesco vegetarian) my mindset about food changed as well. I too saw it more about nutrition rather than satisfying my cravings. When I am hungry I survey what I have eaten to figure out what I need. It also makes it easier to turn down sugar and processed foods since there isn't any nutritional value. If I eat sugar now, it makes me so sick. I can feel how it affects my body and mood now. Nasty stuff!

  • Lisa Davis

    I love your wellness wednesday posts. I'm giving up meat and learning to eat for nutrition vs enjoyment. Looking forward to more wellness posts.

  • missediva

    Since my past month was VERY busy, I just got to read the post about why you changed your habits a few days ago…totally inspiring to me! I've already had 3 meatless/natural meals in the past 2 days. For months I've been "trying to do better with my eating habits", and you helped me flip the switch back on inside me that tells me that food is fuel. THANK YOU!!! (And I absolutely LOVE your twists!)

  • Karyn Parsons

    Love to see your happy face, and will definitely love to see your Wednesday outfit, but alas:(

    Karyn
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/

  • I'm heading back to my vegetarian ways myself. I don't eat a lot of meat now but when I do it always seems to upset my tummy. The only part I don't like is grocery shopping 🙁 I plan to try my local farmers. I hate the long lines at my local supermarket.

  • Liza

    I found your blog due to boredom. I was browsing other bloggers blog roll and found you. After reading all your blog post I decided to subscribe. I enjoy your wellness Wednesday and decided to become a semi vegetarian ( I may eat meat on weekends…I love oxtails) as I was bored with my current meals. I found that something I was eating was making me feel tired. However, this is my second week and I have not eaten a morsel of meat, but I include fish in my diet. I feel so good. Thanks for the tip about food gawker, I go there to find inspiring ideas. Its a lot of work, but I am enjoying making new meals. Also I love your fashion style. I am curvy size 6. I carry most of my weight in the hips, butt and thighs. I exercise like a demon, lost 40 pounds ( 2 years keeping the weight off) and those areas got a tad smaller lol lol. Its great to find someone who has a similar shape. Keep up the good work.