In a country where the majority of the population is facing an all time high obesity level, it’s not surprising that many people are changing their focus back to better health. One of the ways to work toward better health is to create a nutrition plan that works for you. Here are some important things to consider when creating an individualized plan you can stick to:
- Convenience. One of the most common complaints people have about why they don’t stick to a nutritious eating plan is because it isn’t convenient or that it’s too hard to do. There are options that allow for convenience in your healthy eating plan. Having on hand ready to go items such as meal replacement shakes can be a great way to avoid the pitfalls. Instead of going through the drive thru for a quick meal you can simply grab a shake or pre-planned and prepared snack item that you can take with you.
- Planning. Creating a nutrition plan that works requires some planning in advance. Set aside a specific time each week when you can plan for the next week. If you take the time once a week to plan a menu, you can look at each day of the coming week to see if there are events that you need to plan around when creating your menu. Once you know the schedule you can begin to plan a menu based on the amount of time you have to prepare a meal each day. Menu planning also allows you to create more nutritionally balanced meals. The planning part of creating a nutrition plan is probably the most essential.
- Shopping. After planning you can create a shopping list of the items you need for the week. If you find you don’t like to shop once a week, you can easily adapt your planning phase to include longer periods of time so that you can shop less often. However, it’s important to remember that a good nutrition plan will include adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and fresh fruits and vegetables are always the best when you can have them, so plan on shopping trips often enough to have them.
- Preparing. Preparing meals can seem time consuming, but there are many things you can do in advance to limit the amount of time you have to spend cooking. For instance, if you have a set time you can devote once a week to meal prep there are many items you can portion out, or even pre-cook and freeze to simply grab and add later. When making your plan consider prep time as well.
Changing your eating habits won’t happen overnight, but taking control of your health by creating a nutrition plan is possible, and will have long lasting benefits. When you’re ready to create an individualized plan that works for you, consider these suggestions, and then begin with one step at a time.