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Why cookie-cutter meal plans don’t work (and how to make your own)

Meal-PlanWritten by my brilliant dear friend, Laura Curiale.

You’re on the internet: Facebooking , Instagramming, looking up recipes and meal ideas.

You have a busy life and you want to be healthy.

Then you see it.

A beautiful, blue, clickable link promising you balanced daily meals and shopping lists to match.

This is amazing! You think… and so you pay the $9.99 for one week, the $17.99 for two, or maybe even the $40 for the month.

Sound familiar?

Well, join me in the “I wish I had bought that dress instead of this meal plan” club, sistah!

Week 1 goes off without a hitch.

The shopping is easy, the meals are ok, I’m thinking – I’ve totally got this!

Week 2 is OK.

Similar meals to the first week.

I know I’m definitely grabbing a takeout pizza because let’s face it, for me, a week without one of my favourite foods is not a good week.

Now I arrive at week 3 and I’m dying of boredom.

Who wrote this meal plan? Why do they not like flavours? Why am I listening to someone who doesn’t know me or my likes or my lifestyle?

There’s only so many days in a row I can eat boneless, skinless chicken with steamed veggies and brown rice.

And just like that, I hop off the bandwagon and am back at square one.

It took a few rounds of this before I came to the conclusion that these cookie-cutter meal plans aren’t for me.

And it’s not because I’m bad at following directions (I even have the Kindergarten report cards to prove it).

It’s that eating became a chore.

And that’s not right because I love food! 

I was a disciple of Mr. Quaker Oats oatmeal for the majority of my life. What could be better? Individually-wrapped flavour-packed oats that were ready in the blink of an eye (or a boil of water). But this too got boring, and thinking of eating chemical flavours every day kind of got to me.

Here’s how I made a meal plan that sticks.

I started to really think about what gets me going about food and how I can incorporate my favourites into my lifestyle.

What’s an oatmeal-lover have to do to get her morning oat craving?

Having recently been introduced to overnight oats, I went back to the internet and found oh, about a gazillion different variations.

The best part? You can make these suckers the night before! Sunday night overnight oat-making means I have breakfast ready and waiting for me for the next 4 days at least.

Simple, healthy, fast, and cheap and way healthier than chemical-filled Quaker Oats.

Now you may not be as oats-crazy as this girl, but the point I’m trying to make is…

You can make amazing, delicious and healthy meals that suit your tastes and your lifestyle by planning properly.

Not sure where to start?

That’s where Make Love in the Kitchen comes in.

This 6 week online program walks you through the steps of creating a plan so that you always know what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

You plan your outfits, your vacation time and your Friday nights- isn’t it time you make a plan in the kitchen that will stick?

Click here to get started.

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so true, i never stick to a meal plan someone else has made. love the idea of creating my own

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Eat This On The Next Full Moon: Full Moon Chocolate

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The full moon is a time of reflection and letting go.

It’s also the perfect time to celebrate our connection with the wild women who came before us, those who were totally in tune with the moon cycle.

Making this chocolate treat for yourself (or to share with others) on the full moon is a great way to tune in with the wise women of the past, the source of what you’re eating and connecting with what fuels your body.

Raw cacao (chocolate) has a vibration that replenishes the third eye chakra. If you tend to be an over thinker, chocolate may be exactly what you need to replenish your third chakra reserves!

In terms of color, food with dark pigments (brown, black, purple) increases longevity. And it just so happens that chocolate is the number one longevity food.

So whip up this recipe on the next full moon to celebrate the nourishment that comes from the Earth and the sweetness that you deserve in your life.

Click here to get the recipe!

As featured in elephantjournal

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3 Gifts The Busy Woman Can Give Herself

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Swapskis-LogocolorThis is a guest post I did for Swapskis.  Click here to read the full article.

More often than not, as women, we are the ones taking care of everyone around us, and as a result put our own personal health and wellness on the back-burner.

But let me give it to you straight- you need to take care of yourself so that you are able to give to the rest of the people in your life.

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5 Healthy Habits for Couples in the Kitchen

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This is a guest post I did for Best Kept Self.  Click here to read the full article.

I’ve always been slightly envious of women who have partners that love to cook. This is so not the case in my household.

If you’re like me, and carry the main responsibility for putting food on the table, try implementing some of these tricks with your partner to make eating real food a fun and fulfilling experience.

Click here to find out the 5 Healthy Habits

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