Meal Planning 101 + My Week's Meals
When I first moved out of home, I was the kind of person who did not plan meals. I could cook and I had a few staples in the pantry or easy meals like boxed Mac&Cheese but I hardly ever planned anything. It didn't help that I walked past the supermarket on my way home every day so I'd just pop in and grab what I wanted.
This was costing between $20-$40 every single day. And that's for two people.
And so I got larger and larger and had little energy, self-esteem or cash in my pocket. I guess I reached breaking point. I dropped down to part-time at uni but I was still at the cusp of overweight, lazy and poor. It took a while to get out of my funk and a part of that I owe to changing my lifestyle.
I started running even though I had asthma as a child and NEVER ran without my lungs giving up on me.
I switched from unhealthy alternatives to healthier versions.
I started eating MORE. You read that right. More.
I started eating breakfast even though all through high school I suffered stomach problems related to anxiety and had hardly ever eaten breakfast.
I snacked on fruit, I packed my lunch for uni rather than buying it. I stopped getting take-out and fast food. I haven't had McDonald's since October 2012 and I've never looked back. It just doesn't even appeal to me any more.
And I started meal planning.
1.0 Firstly, the proper tools
I initially started with something like this, from Kikki K.