Why I meal plan

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Hands up if you've opted for the new year, new me, healthy eating, cut out junk, join a gym new years resolution?!! So many people I know have got so motivated to change in January and I try to offer advice and help when I can because when you're trying to better yourself, it makes it a little bit easier to surround yourself with motivated positive people who are doing the same thing. I touched on food related, healthy living posts on my blog last year with my food favourite posts but I want to delve into this topic even more this year by doing posts that offer advice on nutrition, exercise and just general well being.

I thought I would start this series by talking about one of my favourite subjects...meal planning. When I first started meal planning (well over a year ago) I didn't think it would last. I thought I didn't have the time to prep everything, it just seemed like so much time and effort and that meal planning was for hardcore gym workout people. I used to also think cooking for one was the worst thing ever. I used to have ready meals and quick 'healthy' microwave fixes in my fridge which were definietly not healthy (the amount of sugar and salt is massive). I would feel so unsatisfied and feel hungry again after twenty minutes of eating them so I would go back to my cupboard and have something sweet because it was there, readily available and I was just too lazy to make anything else.

I quickly realised how important changing my mindset to food was and that meal planning was such an important route I needed to take. I researched recipes, found new ways to combine food and read up on what food I should have at certain times. Now I start my week by having a plan of what I'm having everyday which makes everything so much easier. I have everything planned, organised and I do my weekly shop with a list of all the food I need to get so I don't get distracted by all the special offers and junk food in the supermarket (If I don't have junk food in my house, I won't be tempted to have it)

I think about my weekly activities and take into consideration my lifestyle. It's all well and good having a meal plan but at the end of the day life is life. I work long hours, go to the gym and meet friends after work so I'm realistic and take these factors into consideration. I make sure I have enough choices for healthy snacks and quick healthy meal options on my list so that I'm covered for all occasions. I can whip up tasty meals in no time at all, I am more excited about food and feel so much more happier knowing I'm going to make something tasty, filling and satisfying.

Having a meal plan also means I'm fueling my body with loads of yummy goodness that benefits my body while I'm working out, it helps my body recover better, keeps me full throughout the day and just generally makes me feel better about myself. I have so much more variety and combinations of food then I used to and I don't feel bored or restricted with the same recipes.

If you are hoping to have a healthier lifetstyle this year, meal planning should be the first place to start. It's the first thing I did when I wanted to better myself. I'm going to be doing more of these posts throughout the year with recipes and meal plan options so keep an eye out for them in the coming weeks. If you're excited for this series please leave me a comment or tweet me @sarah_hamersley and we'll chat very soon.

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