It can be so hard this time of year to stay on track. The holidays are a surefire way to feel like you are not eating your normal meals. I am right there with you. I try my best to eat normally when I can and don’t worry too much the other 20% of the time. This week, after a few days away from home, I decided I needed a meal plan to get me back on track.
Erh, I kind of hate that phrase “back on track.” I try to live my food life in a way that doesn’t get me off track. What do I mean by that? I mean that I generally at the same no matter what, mostly real foods, which some fun treats and wild cards thrown in. So what I mean by “back on track” is that I was eating and prepping at home this week.
Meal planning for me is more of a guideline and not a hard set of rules. I try my best to stick to the meal plan for sanity and for ease of prep. However, there are always things that come up (like trivia with friends) and I try to leave some wiggle room in there in case that happens. So “back on track” is relative in this case.
This week I planned my food in a car on I-95. It doesn’t have to be glamorous. I used Pinterest, Google, and the brainpower of myself and friends via text. From there, I put it all in my Notes app on my phone, created a meal plan and then a grocery list. BAM! I was ready to tackle the grocery store.
I try my best to pick 2 of every meal and then ad-lib from there. I keep a stocked pantry for emergencies or for when we eat the leftovers that were supposed to be for the following day’s dinner. We don’t weigh and measure so sometimes things do go as planned, and that’s okay.
This week’s genius plan from the car:
After the meal plan, comes the grocery list. I highly recommend checking out this post to help you out!