This past week was particularly hectic for me. Between boatloads of school work I also had rehearsals and performances for both the Vagina Monologues and our schools talent show. (For those of you who don’t know, I used to be a huge theater nerd!). Because of my busy days, late nights, and full 12 hour days at school, my diet suffered along with my gym schedule. The result? I’m getting sick, feeling very blah, and simultaneously unmotivated.
But I channeled these feelings into a great idea. I realized that a huge part of this weeks downfall was a lack of planning; in fact, I think that my lack of meal planning since starting medical school has made decision making and eating well more difficult for myself. By the time I get home during the week I’m exhausted and have MORE studying to do- and who wants to think about what to make for dinner on top of that?? Let alone meal planning for more than one person, particularly when your tastes differ.
This issue is definitely not unique. Anyone with a busy life and hectic schedule can easily let meal planning, diet, and exercise fall by the way side. Even friends from school have asked me about short, easy, healthy meals to eat throughout the week. And I’m totally on that page- I need to be better about planning.
Planning is daunting, because it does take some extra time. This task becomes less daunting, however, when you pick a day or time where you can spare an extra hour or two for thinking, food shopping, and possibly some prep. This is my new goal for March: a Healthy Meal Plan Challenge.
What does this mean, exactly? Every weekend I’m going to plan my dinners for the remainder of the week. Most recipes I pick will be quick and easy, and I’ll schedule more involved dinners for nights that I know I’ll have the time. (And, by the way, I always have dinner leftovers for lunch- so this kills two birds with one stone). Who’s with me??
Feel free to leave comments with suggestions for easy healthy meals or ways to stick to a schedule. At the end of March we can see how we did!
Week of March 3rd:
Monday, 3/4/13: Chicken and Avocado Salad (sub Greek yogurt for mayo) and Arugula salad with dried cranberries and goat cheese
Tuesday, 3/5/13: Bean Salad (lamb chops or steak for the boyfriend)
Wednesday, 3/6/13: Salmon Nicoise Salad (light on dressing)
Friday, 3/8/13: Italian “Bacon” Chicken Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash Pasta (meatballs can be prepped a day ahead)
Saturday, 3/9/13: Savory Fish Cakes (recipe forthcoming)
Off to Bootcamp! Happy Sunday!