Back to Basics: Sunday Planning.

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:

  1. Begin tracking meals in MySymptoms app. Really no excuses now that I don’t have to work…
  2. Write out five to-do list items each morning, and finish them by the end of the day.
  3. Finally take boxes of items to Goodwill for donation.
  4. Build an herb garden for our back porch!
  5. 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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