Do you take time each week to make a plan of what you are eating for the week? Or, do you imagine it magically occurring? I am obviously joking, but it really does save on time, money, energy and bad choices if you set yourself up for the week. Before the week starts, write out your meals, make your grocery list and go to the store. Once you are home, take a little time to wash/cut any produce and have it prepped and ready for meals/snacks. I heard this quote not too long ago, “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” and it really is the truth.
If you wait until the day of, then you are scrambling trying to think of something, possibly rushing to the store, rushing home to make it and then finally sitting down at 8p to eat it. Or, you try to decide what sounds good for the night and it usually is picking something up on the way home.
It is much more satisfying to know what you are doing up front. I have also found I do not over buy at the store when I know exactly what I am going to do with each thing I am buying vs just buying a bunch of stuff we all like/eat.
It does take several weeks of doing this to get yourself in the habit, but once you do, it really is a nice change…evenings are more relaxed and not as stressful. Make it a priority this year!