If you struggle with weekly menu planning and find yourself at the mercy of your day and end up grabbing whatever you can because all of a sudden you are starving, then I created this menu planning template for you!
Common Weight Loss Problems
If 15 years of experience in the weight loss industry has taught me anything, it’s that everybody struggles with something. I conducted a survey last year with over 100 of my clients and learned that…
Menu Planning is a Huge Problem
There was more than a few comments about needing structure, quick meals, and time to prepare the right foods. This Menu Planning Template is an essential tool for stress, time and weight management. And while adding another item to your every growing “task list” seems anything but helpful, trust me this one will save you thousands of calories, deep frown lines and even precious minutes of time throughout the day. Over the course of a week, they all add up to piece of mind and probably weight loss!
I know this, because I do it all the time. But I do a lot of it in my head and even I can benefit from more weekly structure. This simple tool let’s you fill in your perfect plan for the week and then you can simply check it off as you go and use it as a tracking tool.
Simple Solution: 5 Minute Menu Planning Template
- Easy, just click on the link for your Eat. Drink & be Skinny 5-Minute Menu Planner Template. I suggest you do this on Sunday afternoon or Monday to give yourself time to get to the store and be set up for success all week long.
- Check the fridge, what do you have you need to cook this week?
- Look at your schedule, what meals do you not need to plan for because of a social event? Fill in those boxes on the menu planning template with the situation and what you plan to eat.
- Remember the Clean and Colorful Concept and the 4 Universal diet truths:
- Eat Less Processed Food.
- Eat all 5 Colors Everyday.
- Swap one Snack or Meal per day with a Juice or Smoothie
- Exercise at least 21-Minutes a Day 6 Days a Week.
- What sounds good? Feel free to browse free, colorful, minimally processed recipes on my blog or check out the Color Yourself Skinny program which is included for free in the Simple Secrets program.
- Fill in the boxes, making sure you have breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 small snacks a day. Of course you can use items over and over, please don’t feel like this is a bingo game. If you’re making healthy veggie lasagna, you can use it for multiple meals. Or if you made breakfast bars, have them all week.
- Even if you don’t cook – no problem! Fill in a planned pre-packed meal, turkey sandwich, whatever. But make sure you know what you’re going to eat that day.
- Once all the boxes are full, make a quick grocery list, hit the store and you’re golden. Don’t forget your reusable bags!
- Tape this bad boy (your completed menu planning template) to the fridge or tuck it away in your weekly planner. Somewhere you can peek at it every time you’re hungry and wonder what’s on the menu.
- Now you’re done. It’s the start of a new week, you have fridge full of food and a week’s worth of meals AND snacks planned out. And you don’t have to waste another minute worrying, wondering or feeling guilty about pulling through the drive through again because your day and your crazy life got the best of you. That feels good, doesn’t it?
Was this helpful? I’d love to see pictures of completed menu planning templates! Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your completed menu plan template and I’ll make sure you’re on the short list for a FREE copy of my Color Yourself Skinny. I may even give you a few tips on how to optimize your menu!
We Can Do This!
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