I cannot preach the benefits of meal planning and dedicated meal prep enough, and yet it’s been a solid month since I wrote out a meal plan of my own! Between the end of the school year, the glorious beginning of summer break, and vacation, I’ve mostly been winging our meals day-to-day.
Not advisable, especially when I should be tracking my meals in preparation for my next functional medicine appointment.
So, I decided to get back to the basics today and plan out our meals for the week…
You may notice a food item making a comeback this week – chickpeas! I am way too excited about this – I haven’t had chickpeas since October! I am following a food reintegration plan for chickpeas this week. Basically, I eat the food item on day one, do not eat it on day two, eat it at a different time of day on day three, and do not eat it on day four. If I don’t notice any (and I mean any) changes, it is safe to reintegrate into my diet! Next, I get to add in lentils and sweet potatoes! If the reintegration is successful, I’ll be able to eat a 1/2 cup of cooked lentils or chickpeas four days per week, and 1/2 of a medium sweet potato twice a week. Pumped.
Also, if I learned anything from my first summer without anything to do last year, it is that I need a daily schedule even in my downtime or I actually lose my mind. Furthermore, I really want to make the most of this summer and cross quite a few outstanding items off of my to-do list! That being said, here are my goals for the week, as well as my exercise schedule:
- Begin tracking meals in MySymptoms app. Really no excuses now that I don’t have to work…
- Write out five to-do list items each morning, and finish them by the end of the day.
- Finally take boxes of items to Goodwill for donation.
- Build an herb garden for our back porch!
- Follow my exercise schedule:
Sunday – Run to yoga, 90 minute yoga class, run home from yoga (up the damn hill)
Monday – 1 mile run with Zack & Slow Roll Cleveland Bike Ride!
Tuesday – Swimming! & TRX Class (Maybe run there and back?)
Wednesday – RalaBala Sweat & Feast Event! No idea what to expect…
Thursday – 3 mile run
Friday – 60 minute personal training session (Maybe run there and back?) & yoga (maybe)
Saturday – Rest! Jennifer & Ryan’s Wedding =)
That’s it from me – I hope you have a great Monday!
Does meal planning stress you out or make your week run more smoothly?
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