4 Reasons Your Life Would Be Better With Meal Mapping

meal-mapping

What is meal mapping? Meal mapping is writing down in detail what you are going to eat for each meal the next day. Meal mapping is pretty much the same as meal planning. Except that I already HAVE the food and I’m not going to the store to get it. The important thing here is  getting as close to my macro goals as I can and not going over my calories. I make a lot of things in bulk and freeze extras servings that I may not eat this week. When I do this  it leaves a ton of extra freezer meals ready for me to eat whenever. Sometimes there’s extra fruit, veggies or meats in the freezer or refrigerator and they don’t really have a plan yet. I write down what ingredients I have and then piece them together into meals. Do this for as many days as possible. I use MyFitnessPal (ADD ME!) for my meal mapping to make sure I’m hitting my macros. (more…)

Meal Planning Made Easy

I don’t know about you guys, but I love printables! They make life so much easier and help me get things done. Below are my meal planning and grocery list tools that I use weekly to stay on track. Without a meal plan, I find myself choosing the quickest and easiest things to eat, which we all know are not always the healthiest. Using these tools, you will be able to set yourself up for a successful week and if you need a little help meal planning, click here to learn the how-to’s.

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My first step when making my weekly meal plan is to write down my work and/or school schedule under the days of the week. So if I work Monday from 3-8, I write “work 3-8” right below Monday and then plan my day around that. The reason I do it this way is because I don’t want to plan a long complicated dinner on a  night where I have to work late. Same idea for breakfast. The mornings when I work early, I want a quick breakfast on the go like my bacon cheddar breakfast sandwiches or a wonderful protein smoothie.

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After you fill in all your little boxed on the meal planner, take out your grocery list and fill that out with the ingredients you’ll need for the week. I made this in 2 sizes. One large one for a big trip, and then smaller ones for a refresher trip during the week. The link below will take you to both printables so you can start your new healthy lifestyle!

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