The old saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is certainly apropos when it comes to a food plan.
ANY food plan.
I don’t know about you, but it’s a challenge sometimes to stay engaged in my Paleo food plan. It’s not because I don’t like it – I LOVE the food and how it makes me feel – it’s just the time and energy required to stay on top of it.
Hey, (in case you’ve wondered) I’ve fallen off the wagon many times.
To keep myself motivated, I came up with a little slogan (I do these things, don’t ask me why) that seems to work.
Shop. Chop. Plop.
Shop for the food that’s allowed on the Paleo plan. I make my grocery list and then go shopping. Usually, there are two food stores that I use to get all the items I need. Aldi is a great place to get some pretty good produce (at some REALLY good prices). And I shop at my locally-owned grocery store for the rest of my food items.
Chop it up (clean the veggies, cook the chicken, etc.). A good-quality chef’s knife and cutting board are two have-to-have tools in my kitchen. (I also like to use my santoku knife to chop veggies.) I use my ‘garbage bowl’ from Rachael Ray when I’m cleaning veggies. It keeps my sink and drain clean and makes tossing out the scraps super-easy.
Plop it into a slow-cooker to get some meals ready; or plop the food into zip-top bags (or glass canning jars) and store them in the fridge or freezer for later in the week. I usually handle this task early Saturday or Sunday morning.
Get it done…get it out of the way. Having food ready to grab-and-go is a wonderful thing and helps cut down on the time it takes for meal prep – whether you’re packing your lunch for work or making dinner in the evening.
Speaking of slow-cookers (a/k/a Crock Pots) I will have some tasty recipes to post soon. With winter still hanging around (darn it), there’s nothing better than hearty soups and stews to keep you warm.
How does Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup and Loaded Beef Stew sound?
Stay tuned for details.
YOUR TURN: How do you stay focused and ‘on the wagon’ with your food plan? Share any tips and tricks you have in the comments section below. Thanks!