Meal planning may seem monotonous (because it is), but the pay off is worth it. Think about what happens when you do not have anything planned a meal, time gets short, and you are hungry?


Fast food, pizza deliveries (that was me last night), microwave salt licks. (No, Lean Cuisines are not a health food).


What if instead of spending 8 minutes a week looking into a fridge hoping healthy food would magically appear, you spent that time productively? Take some advice from dietitian Keri Glassman's article "Change Your Life in 8 Minutes".


Here is what she suggests doing with your 8 minutes:

-Write out your challenges for the week (birthday celebration, Mexican food, girls' night out, etc.) and then write down a plan to overcome the challenges.

-Plan your dinners at home around your schedule for the week and then create a grocery list to go with them.

-Write a list for work snacks, and add them to your grocery list.

-Schedule exactly when you are going to go to the grocery store and then follow through.


If you notice, not one of those is the actual food prep or cooking we all dread so much. This is formulating a food game plan for the week. It will save you time, money, and calories just by having some kind of plan.

If you do have time left in your 8 minutes, you Glassman suggests you could:

-Make a pitcher of iced lemon water to store in the fridge. -Chop the veggies you have around. -Mix a healthy salad dressing to keep in your fridge. -Portion out healthy snacks, like nuts, into little bags.

Nutrition is just like working out. When you have a game plan of what you are going to do, you get much quicker results without wasting your time. Make that plan today!