Monday, September 23, 2013

The Importance of Meal Planning!!

Why oh why do I always talk about meal planning and why oh why do I share my meal plan with you all each week?  

Meal planning has completely changed the way I and my family eat, it helped me lose weight and keep it off, it helps me save a ton of money on groceries each month, and I love knowing I am prepared!! 

Clean eating has also shown me that it is very true the foods we eat can either give us the fuel to run efficiently or stop us dead in our tracks.  The more I read the more I learn and to me knowledge is POWER!  I was one who never read the ingredient label on packages before, now that is the first thing I check out.  I look for products with the least amount of ingredients and make sure I know what all the ingredients are.  If I can pronounce the word, most likely it is a chemical and should not be put into our bodies.  

The saying you are what you eat, is so very true.  Why? 
Every 35 days, Your Skin replaces itself. Your Liver, about a month.  Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes YOU!! You have a choice of what you are made of.  

I not only noticed a difference in my weight when I started eating clean but I also saw a difference in my complexion - no more breakouts like I use to have, my hair was growing faster and was more shiny and healthy, my nails were looking the best they ever had, and my energy level was through the roof.  There are so  many more benefits to eating the right foods rather than just weight loss.  

On Sunday each week I plan out my meals for the week ahead. Today I started a new fitness program, Les Mills Pump, and so I am trying a few new recipes from the nutrition guide that came with the program.  I also include on my  meal plan my workouts each day.  I base what I am having for my breakfast and morning snack on my workout that morning.  (I workout at 5am so morning is very critical for me to get my day started right).  


Here is my meal plan for the week.  
Please excuse the lopsided picture! 

Ask  yourself this question - why am I NOT planning my meals in advance? 
 Lack of time, don't know where to start, your family eats different meals, your family won't want to eat healthy, etc.  Whatever the reason why might be, I am inviting you to GIVE IT A TRY.  
You will never know if this can benefit you and your family if you don't give it a try.  
What do you have to lose?


When you are ready I will be here to help you ever step of the way!! I was in your position once too wondering if meal planning will really benefit me and I am here to tell you YES!! I have had great success and so many others have too.  I cannot begin to tell you how much easier it makes life having a meal plan done!!   

Take the time right now and read the following statement to yourself, this is your apology letter to your body for not taking better care of it.  

You are making a change that will last a lifetime!! 
Congratulations!!



Now is the time to learn how to live a 
FIT, HAPPY, and HEALTHY Life 
and we will do it 
TOGETHER!!!!
~Alyson



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