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The 7 amazing benefits of meal planning

Talking about meal planning and showing all the various ways to do it is all well and good, but why do you actually need to meal plan in the first place? This post looks at all the benefits of meal planning in more detail, helping you to decide if it’s worth it for you (and I think you may be swayed when you read them all!)

7 amazing benefits of meal planning

 

#1 – Takes away indecision

There’s nothing more frustrating than opening all the kitchen cupboards to see what you have – waiting for inspiration to hit as to what to cook – only nothing stands out!

Indecision wastes time, and allows for procrastination – never a good thing.

Time you spend thinking about what to cook could actually have been spent cooking meal and getting it done so that you can spend more time afterwards doing something else that you want to do.

 

It’s too easy to fill time with unnecessary things, and think we don’t have time for the important things…

 

Having a meal plan means that you can go more on autopilot – the thinking and planning has already been done and you should have the right ingredients and time to create the meal you need to. It’s much easier this way I’m sure you’ll agree!

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#2 – Less bad choices

Having no clear plan for meals often leads us to make bad choices with what we eat.

Takeaways or ready meals seem to be a quicker option and can easily become habits if we’re not careful, and actually there are many meals that are just as quick and easy but a lot healthier for you that can be made in the same amount of time.

Meal planning removes the need to make a choice when you’re hungry and/or tired, and planning up front with a clear head means you are more likely to try and plan healthier foods most of the time – with a few treat meals in there as well of course ;o)

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#3 – More balance

Have you ever found yourself looking back at the weeks meals you’ve eaten only to realise that you have pretty much eaten the same thing every night?……

In itself this isn’t all that bad, but meal planning means you are more likely to be able to create a more balanced week of food as you are thinking about it up front and can see any repetitions before they actually happen.

Even though each meal you eat may be really healthy, if you only look at one meal at a time (which will happen if you don’t meal plan), then you can all too easily lose sight of the bigger picture and create a less balanced diet as a result.

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#4 – More variety

Contrary to popular belief that meal planning can be a very boring way to eat, it can actually encourage variety.

Seeing what you are eating for the next week/month written down can alert you to any patterns of bad habits you may want to change, and often can give you the push to try new things or change things round a little more often, which can only be a good thing!

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#5 – Less food waste and more money saved

If you can create meal plans that use food wisely (what you already have, leftovers, freezing batches of food etc…) then you will start to see a natural reduction in how much food you waste.

Buying only what you need for your meals that are already planned out, and not being swayed by bulk special offers, can avoid throwing out lots of food you haven’t been able to eat in time (before the expiry date) – which will also save money over time.

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#6 – Less arguing!

Most families won’t naturally always agree on what they all want to eat at any given point – and therefore arguing can all too easily occur as a result.

Taking away the discussion of what people want to eat every night by planning meals will create a much calmer environment automatically.

TIP – You could get the family involved in creating the meal plan, by maybe having one evening designated as each persons choice, or listing their favourite meals which you can include in your plans over time. As everyone can see that they are going to have some meals of their own and they are being listened to, then it will (hopefully) help them to compromise over other nights food. 

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#7 – Go seasonal

In season items are usually more cost effective, so having meal plans based on the season you are in will naturally save you some money. It also creates natural updates which will refresh meals based on the type of food you will want to eat at that time of year.

i.e. in summer you will want salads, cold foods, BBQs etc…, and winter would contain more stews, soups and warming meals.

Perfect!

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What the 7 benefits of meal planning are - which benefit means the most to you?

So – are you tempted to try meal planning now that you have seen all the benefits of meal planning?

Just the fact that you can save money, time, energy, stress, and hassles wins me over!

What do you think is the biggest benefit of planning your meals? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below…

 

 

 

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4 Responses to The 7 amazing benefits of meal planning

  1. Karen May 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    I’ve been meal planning for a while now and find it really helps not have that panicked ‘what’s for dinner’ feeling mid-afternoon! I like the idea of getting other family members involved so there is no arguing. Found you via #brilliantblogposts

    • Chrissy Halton May 11, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Karen – thanks for letting me know where you came across the blog – glad to have you visit! – I agree that meal planning helps with the stress of whats for dinner – saves me every time!

  2. Jo @ Let's Face the Music Apr 30, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    We only eat one daily meal (evening) at home but meal planning would probably change my life. I’m going to have to get on this since it would mean less decision making at crunch times. Good suggestions. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • Chrissy Halton Apr 30, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      Thanks for the comment Jo – I’m glad the post has inspired you to take the meal planning plunge! Let me know how it goes!

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