You’re busy, busy, busy and the thought of having to plan out meals may feel like just one more chore to add to your already long list of things to do. I know! To be honest, it has not always been my all-time favorite thing to do either. What I found, though, is that taking time to plan for meals each week – and writing out a grocery list – means that I ultimately save TIME.
It saves MONEY. It means fewer less-desirable CALORIES. And, it means less STRESS.
Menu planning saves time because first you know “what’s for dinner” and you won’t have to run to the grocery store as frequently. It saves money because eating out is so much more expensive than preparing meals at home. It also means less food waste because you’ve only bought the items you need to prepare your meals.
You can definitely save in calories too, because many times, we impulse buy, and end up with choosing convenience or processed foods. Or, if you go out to eat, you order items that look healthy, like a salad, only to discover that your meal contains 1,000 or more calories. Finally, planning meals reduces stress because you have a solid plan for your week and you won’t have to rack your brain at the last minute to figure out the age old question “what’s for dinner?”
Coach Jo is a former health-care professional turned lifestyle coach. She started her marketplace ministry, "Healthy Looks Good On You" to equip, empower, and encourage people to live life well. She is passionate about helping others to learn proper care and maintenance of themselves--spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Her website is HealthyLooksGoodOnYou.com.
When asked what she does, she will tell you with a smile, "I help Christian women break through the enemy strongholds of overweight and emotional eating into the perfect will of God for their lives so that they can fulfill their kingdom assignments."