Good food is important to me and I've touched on the subject of healthy eating several times in recent posts. Nourishment is one of the foundation stones of a healthy lifestyle and eating well should be a part of your self-care routine. You deserve the best - that doesn't have to mean fancy or expensive, it means ditching the junk and enjoying quality food. Treats don't have to be bad for you, think crisp, seasonal vegetables or fresh, juicy fruit and you can indulge in a "little of what you fancy" such as some really great chocolate, as long as it is only a little.
One of the best ways to make sure you eat well without it becoming a chore is to plan your meals. Deciding what to have in advance instead of just opening the fridge or cupboard and hoping for the best will help you (and your family) improve your diet. Writing down your meals for seven days and avoiding too much repetition will help you increase the variety of foods you eat which means a wider range of vitamins and minerals. You can use the plan to help you stick to a calorie controlled or pointed diet. A meal plan also makes your life simpler too - you'll know what to buy at the supermarket, you can match your meals to your schedule by planning quick and easy meals for your busier days or prepping the night before and if someone else is cooking they'll know what to make.
A meal planner doesn't have to be complicated or fancy - you can just write one out in a notebook or you can use one of these simple grids that I've made for myself. They print onto A4 paper and can be put into a binder or stuck on a kitchen noticeboard. There's two to choose from - a Monday start plan or a blank version for those of you whose week starts on a different day.
If you're enjoying your healthy eating plan and spending a little more time in the kitchen have a look at the new gift guide and my Pinterest boards.