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Today I’m showing you one tip that has so many benefits. Implementing this strategy will hugely simplify the process of creating a meal plan for your family. Secondly, you’ll simplify your eating habits and grocery shopping. It helps also to declutter not only the kitchen but also our minds by reducing the everyday stress and the chaos (both mental and physical. It leads to better productivity and to peace of mind. Interested? Here we go!
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Do you plan your meals for the week? Do you know what you’ll eat today? So many articles tell you how to do it or how to change your meal plan to save more money on groceries shopping or to choose healthier alternatives for what you eat now… I’ll tell you the truth about myself: Till now, I had never developed any eating habits (despite the habit that I eat every day 😉 ). I couldn’t imagine meal planning. I couldn’t imagine planning meals for the whole week and shopping for groceries on this basis and then every day looking at my piece of paper and following the steps, and cooking. No, no, no. Our family eating was always a chaos and spontaneity. Food is a pleasure for me and I want to keep it so. But I’ve made some changes to simplify the shopping, to reduce the stress what to prepare for the next meal?, especially because now I’m responsible for two little people more: for shaping their tastes and habits, for their food, energy intake, and health.
Let’s overcome the decision fatigue by having a capsule wardrobe and… a capsule kitchen!
One of my readers asked me to help with kitchen decluttering and organization, especially with bigger devices and rarely used machines. And I’m recently making observations and changes in my life that can give a solution to this matter as well as help to finally create eating habits for my family.
I suppose you’ve already stumbled upon articles showing that some successful people choose to wear the same thing every day (or have just a few outfits) to avoid unnecessary decision making. Some examples are Joshua Becker (author of the Becoming Minimalist blog and books about minimalism and simple living), Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Kors.
Deciding what to wear can take even half an hour. Every day. And it drives our attention from things we want to accomplish this day. So choosing what to wear is a distraction for our mind. But what’s more, psychologists say that there is a certain number of decisions that our mind can make every day. If you use some decisions from your daily decisions stock to choose pants and bracelets, then you have less number of decisions you can make in other areas of your life, such as raising your kids, home and day organization, work, self-development, relations, pleasures. Aren’t these matters more important than what you wear on a certain day?
I’ve started to think in the same way about what I eat. There are people who say they eat the same meals every day. Why? Who does it?
– For some of them, eating the same food every day is an experiment.
– Others, who want to focus on their goals and improve their productivity, efficiency, and organization, eat the same meals every day it to reduce the number of decisions they have to make on an average day.
– A significant group of people eating the same meals every day are sportsperson who are very conscious about how much and what kind of nutrients their body needs and of course they don’t have too much time after training to think what an original meal they could prepare.
After taking The Art of Less Doing course by Ari Meisel, I’ve started to write down processes and build habits in my and my family life. I’ve already written on the blog about my weekly schedule of a work at home mom (including body care and home chores) and a simple morning bathroom routine for moms.
It came time to start changes in our eating habits, to make family meals more healthy, simple to prepare and less stressful for the organizer, cooker and grocery shopper in one person.
How to simplify eating habits + create a meal plan + a capsule kitchen
I’ve decided to try to build a meal plan for me and my Boys, 1- and 3-year-old (my husband eats mainly out because of long working hours + commute). My idea was to gather a list of meals that we like, that are healthy (ok, for the start to not become discouraged just healthy enough), easy to buy and simple and fast to prepare.
You can collect these meals ideas and write them down during a few days and later add other meals, whenever they come to your mind.
Choosing mostly simple meals, consisting of products that you like and that you can easily buy, meals that you prepare without too much effort, it helps to really implement the habit into your life. Who would stick to a menu consisting of complicated meals?
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Our meal plan
Breakfast, second breakfast and supper ideas:
big juice from our juicer
millet + apple/pear + banana
scrambled eggs + homemade bread + tomatoes/cucumber
grated carrot + apple
farina/semolina + milk + very little sugar
sandwiches + wieners
home-made cake (do you want a recipe for the easy chocolate cake that I can make with my 1-year-old in a baby carrier on my back?)
grated carrot + apple
soup (carrot, rice, salt, sometimes with tomato concentrate)
what’s left from the previous day
potatoes + scrambled eggs/sausage + tomato/cucumber
rice + vegetables
The first step to declutter your kitchen: know what you need and use, and reduce the rest
And now we’re coming to the part for aspiring minimalists and people who are fed up storing and caring for many food-processing machines, many of which are used just a few times a year. Yes, the nice side effect of simple eating habits and a simple meal plan is a less cluttered kitchen.
I suggest that you firstly experiment for a few weeks with creating your simple meal plan. When you’ll be already sure what your family eats regularly, just get rid of devices that aren’t used to prepare meals from your list! It’s that simple.
Or if you’re not sure if you want to make such a radical step, try storing these unnecessary machines out of your kitchen, maybe in a basement, and give yourself a year or so to check if you really won’t use them.
Try this strategy if you’ve struggled with decluttering rarely used kitchen devices and deciding what to keep and what to give away.
To sum up:
You can simplify your eating habits by creating a simple meal plan. By doing so you gain more peace of mind that allows you to boost your productivity in other life’s areas. And you get a better insight into what you need in your kitchen. And looking at a neat, tidy kitchen also contributes to your mental peace.
Article: The One Sign That You’ve Reached a Perfect Capsule Wardrobe and How to Get There
Article: How to Change Your Diet for Good?
Article: 8 Simple Ways to Live Healthier (besides Diet)
Article: The Art of Less Doing by Ari Meisel – Course Review and RESULTS
Course: Dress with Less and Create Your Capsule Wardrobe by Courtney Carver
Course: The Art of Less Doing by Ari Meisel
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