Planning your meals and sticking to them is a great way to live a healthy lifestyle, to lose weight, or even to save money!
This checklist is designed to help you plan a weekly meal schedule and stick to it.
You can either use the meal plan provided in the weekly meal planner or build a custom one. You can then follow this plan each day and record whether or not you stuck to the plan.
If you didn't stick to the plan, you record how you strayed from the path of healthy eating.
After running this checklist weekly for a number of weeks, you will be able to see in the template overview tab they days where you are most likely to fail and why.
Identifying the problem is the first step to overcoming it.
Check out this video below for some inspiration!
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Read the example meal plan
To help you plan your meals, we've included this example meal plan.
This follows a Paleo diet structure and hopefully gives you some healthy inspiration from which to plan your own.
If you scroll to the end of this plan, we've provided a breakdown and explanation of the paleo diet which you can read to better understand the ideas behind paleo and both its supporters and detractors.
You can follow this meal plan directly, or use the next task to create a custom meal plan of your own.
The big plus side? With less bread to fill you up, you can eat more bacon!
Back in the 1800s, the normal bar snack - often provided as a complimentary accompaniment to a drink - was the classic hard-boiled egg.
Even now, in some parts of the world, a hard-boiled egg can be purchased from behind the bar as one would peanuts or crisps. Of course, over time the pickled egg overcame its fresh adversary but there's no reason we can't go against the grain!
Boil a couple of eggs in the morning or the night before and snack on one whenever you feel a little peckish. A little salt and cracked black pepper, and you can't go too far wrong.
This understanding, or perspective, of human dietary history is core to the paleo mindset and methods.
It is grounded in the assumption that for most of - what we can reasonably call - human history, the diet of homo-sapiens has consisted of meat, veg, fruit, and other nuts and seeds. This is the diet of the pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer. This stage of human development is held up as a kind of "default state" of human being - what 17th Century philosophers like Thomas Hobbes may have had in mind when discussing the State of Nature.
Their claims are arguably backed up by certain scientific claims - as the Independent outlines in an in-depth piece from 2015. However, they cite the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition's metastudy into the health benefits and risks of dairy which claims the positives outweigh the negatives.
The paleo diet, whether built on stone or built on sand, does encourage strong consideration of the food we consume and its effects on our bodies. There is an emphasis on organic and sustainable methods with a prioritizing of traditional-wisdom healthy foods and a rejection of foods we already think to be unhealthy.