Planning and Preparation. Two words that mean so much. Two words that can make all the difference in your health and well being.

What does planning and preparation mean to you?

For me, planning and preparation relieves stress! It makes my morning, and by extension, the rest of my day, run smoother. This is what I like to plan and prepare:

Food

Admittedly, this task is the most time consuming. It entails deciding what food I want to have in the house, making a grocery list, going to the grocery, putting the groceries away, then preparing the groceries for consumption. If I have planned accordingly and food prepped on the weekend, I can game plan for lunches Monday thru Wednesday. This may be a lentil dish, pasta, some sort of bean concoction, or a soup. “Sides” may involve cutting up vegetables. Fruit is always around (I call fruit “fast food”).

Then, the night before, I place these prepped items in individual containers for mine and my daughters lunch (my son is out of town, and my husband works out of the home, so he is on his own). In the morning, very little thought is involved, just grab these pre-made lunches and go.

While lunches are relatively easy, planning dinners for the upcoming week is difficult! I hate it. But if I decide ahead of time what dinner will consist of, it makes our evenings go smoother: stir fry, jambalaya, pasta of every shape, and grain bowls are just a few of our favorites. If there are leftovers, and there are always leftovers because I intentionally prepare extra, these can be eaten for lunch the next day.

By planning and preparing I never go out to lunch during the work week, my daughter rarely buys her lunch at school, and we save going out for dinner as a weekend treat! By planning and preparing, money is saved as well as all those empty calories from a fast food meal.

Workouts

I have to plan my workouts! If I am running or going to the gym in the morning, I get my clothes, shoes, headlamp, water, etc.  ready the night before.

If I am planning an evening workout, I still get my clothes ready the night before so when I get home from work the next day, I can change right away and head to the gym.

Work

I get my work clothes ready the night before. I look ahead at what my day will be like and get clothes and shoes laid out. Will I be in the office all day? Do I have to attend meetings?  Will I be seeing clients at their worksites? Is it Friday?

It takes time to plan and prepare! I get tired of it. But it relieves so much stress, and frees up so much time, that it is worth it!

How do you plan and prepare?

Donna Giovenco
Donna has 25+ years experience in diabetes nutrition counseling, weight loss, general wellness, and sports nutrition.

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