KETO planning meals

20170825_063707.jpgA breakfast for champion ‘big losers’ or if you prefer to be called an ‘ecstatic skinny chica’ this requires planning.  Actually a successful Keto lifestyle requires planning your meals.  For this pictured bowl of healthy delights you will need:

  1. Fresh strawberries
  2. Fresh blueberries
  3. Heavy cream
  4. Almond slivers
  5. Bit of Stevie or not

PLANNING or FORETHOUGHT is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal. It involves the creation and maintenance of a plan, such as psychological aspects that require conceptual skills.  The Basic Principle behind any dietary change is Planning.  Establish the sincere NEED to make a change and then work out the best way to meet that need. Planning means thinking about the future so that you can do something about it now. This doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will go according to plan. It probably won’t. But if you have planned properly, your ability to adjust, without compromising your overall purpose, will be that much greater.seven-layer-salad-12-brighter

MAKE THIS SALAD takes planning KETO 7 Layers of Yum 

THE MANY, MANY BENEFITS OF PLANNING = SUCCESS:

  1. helps identify goals (short term/long term)
  2. helps you make a decision (good or bad)
  3. offers directions (course of action)
  4. puts your dreams in prospective (action steps)
  5. puts your subconscious mind to work (plant a vision) 
  6. puts you in control (to get what you want)
  7. gives you purpose (more fulfilling life)
  8. uncovers problems(finding solutions)
  9. gives perspective (importance/priority)
  10. accomplishes something (it’s a start)
  11. empowers you (for self)

IF YOU CHOOSE TO FAIL  – DON’T PLAN – DO what you always do and FAIL

MEAL PLANNING: It’s whatever way you organize yourself to cook a meal, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the plan you make before you shop. Some people plan a month in advance, freezing neatly-labeled packets of soup and stew. Others wing it, shopping for that evening’s meal at the farmers’ market and picking up whatever looks good to them. Meal planning is a really personal thing. What works for you may not work for me. The goal is to find a process that is both enjoyable and effective.

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WHAT’s for lunch or dinner tonite? A burger bowl to include hamburger fried, avocado diced, bacon rind crunch, pico de gallo with onion, tomato, cilantro, lemon, chili pepper.  PLAN IT.

Effective menu planning is rewarding in terms of time and money, especially given how little effort it takes. Those who do it well seem to have internalized its rules.

  1. Resolve to make the effort.As with any goal―losing weight, exercising, or eating healthier―the first step is making a commitment. Just decide you’re going to do it.
  2. Take the time to Make a list, search for recipes, get organized and plan.
  3. Pick a planning style to suit your personality.As an example; cook once, eat twice – plan weekly meals by first deciding what three major proteins you are going to eat, then make them do double duty. If you buy a rotisserie chicken, prepare a salad one night and chicken tacos the next. If making roasted pork loin with veggies on Monday, have leftovers for pulled-pork sandwiches or a quick stir fry Wednesday.Screenshot 2017-08-28 08.21.38

Map out just one week of menus.  For each day, list an entrée,  a vegetable,  a dessert , a safe KETO treat.  Make sure to mark out day’s with events or dinner out.  Have at least 10 favorite meals. READ blogs, follow your favorites. KEEP your mind occupied on your goal.  Join a facebook #ketoconnect group.  Sift through all recipes posted and PLAN on making one that suits your taste. If you’re a beginner, it’s simple to reap the many benefits of being a ‘planner’. Create variations adding new recipes or tweak your menu to keep things fresh.  Have a theme night, a soup and salad night, special recipe.

  1. Make a shopping list. Keep a generic list on hand that includes things you buy frequently (such as milk, eggs, chicken breasts), then add extras so you don’t have to start from scratch each week. Put a shopping-list template on your computer and arrange ingredients in sections corresponding with the layout of your favorite supermarket to make shopping easier.
  2. Grade your efforts.Every time you finish a meal, critique it, when a meal works, give it a gold star. Build a collection of gold-star meals so menu planning takes less time. In only a few weeks, you’ll have a complete collection of time-tested and family-approved meals.

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