I was talking to a friend a few months ago who was feeling tired and just not firing on all cylinders. She said she had a bad case of decision fatigue and felt totally overwhelmed with the many micro-decisions she had to make in a day. This resulted in her not having the space to give any thought to feeding herself or her family well consistently despite knowing better.
She’s a self motivated go-getter, runs a successful business, has four gorgeous kids and is a planning rock star, except when it comes to the food she eats. She always wings it and finds herself shopping daily, making poor choices and just not enjoying cooking because it’s always a scramble.
I know many of you might relate to her situation so I thought I’d share some of the advice I’ve given her to create sustainable habits that ensure she can reduce her cognitive load around ‘what to cook’ enabling her to eat well consistently…
Here’s my 5 Tips to Eat Well Consistently – hopefully they will help you too!
1. Meal Plan
We plan kids activities, social catch ups, work meetings but so few people plan meals. Planning out meals is the very best way to reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen. It also reduces trips to the shops, ensures you have a healthy range of food on the menu and minimises food waste (which saves $$). Start slowly and plan 2-3 meals a week to start with and build from there.
The Well Nourished Family membership provides you with done for you and customisable meal plans to suit every families size and tastes. And best of all, every plan generates both printable and digital shopping lists to really minimise your time in the kitchen. CLICK HERE to watch me demonstrate this amazing technology.
2. Get everyone involved
Kids love to help plan. Perhaps you can create themed days – meat-free Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fish Friday. Invite your kids to chose one meal a week to go on the plan. If they pick the same thing every week, you could challenge them to find something new every second week for everyone to try. Put the plan on display so everyone can see what’s on the menu.
The Well Nourished Family membership meal plans can be easily printed and displayed on your fridge.
3. Create a shopping routine
Having a meal plan ensures you spend less time shopping, giving you more time to cook. I’d encourage you to choose one day a week to do the bulk of your shopping. Anything you can do to systemise your food shopping is a huge time saver. I personally shop at my farmers market once a week (bulk of what we eat comes from there). I order flours, nuts, seeds grains etc from The Wholefood Collective every few months.
Place an online supermarket order once every month or so and I order toilet paper to be delivered automatically (from Who Gives a Crap) which was handy when the pandemic toilet paper wars began.
4. Cook clever
Chose recipes that have simple methods (with no unusual, hard to find ingredients) and that don’t keep you in the kitchen for hours. Slow cooks that can be prepped in minutes then set into the oven or slow cooker and forgotten about are fabulous. 30 minute meals are also handy when you know you won’t have long to cook dinner. Also cook double batches of meals to reheat for the next night or to freeze for another day.
Having leftovers is great for making healthy lunches too.
5. Meal Prep ahead
If you have a busy week coming up, then taking a few hours over the weekend to get organised. You could prep ingredients or whole meals for the week ahead. Imagine leaving work or coming home from after school sport and dinner is ready to re-heat and enjoy. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re nourishing yourself and your family well.
The Well Nourished Family membership provides you with a growing assortment of Meal Prep Plans for both meals and lunchboxes. They are fantastic to follow when you know you have a busy week ahead. They provide you with the menu as well as a flow chart to help you to multitask and spend as little time in the kitchen as possible.
I can take the thought out of what to cook
If you’re a busy mum drowning in decision fatigue, I have created a system that I know will alleviate much of the thought that go into ‘what to cook’.
Helping families to eat well CONSISTENTLY and know the feeling of incredible health has always been my aim here at Well Nourished. However I eventually realised that many of you needed next level support so I created the Well Nourished Family – a membership that takes ALL of the thinking out of what to eat. In the ‘family’ I create meal plans for members every single week (for all seasons no matter where you live in the world).
Plus, we have a growing assortment of done for you Meal Prep and Lunchbox Prep Plans for those busy weeks when you want to meal prep ahead and eliminate meal time (or lunchbox) stress altogether.
The best part is that ALL of the meal plans are full customisable, so members can edit plans or create their own to suit their family size, tastes and dietary requirements. With the very clever inbuilt technology, The Well Nourished Family is your one stop shop for planning and delicious, doable recipes.
If you’d like to be notified when we next open the doors to new members, make sure you register your interest by popping your name on the Waitlist. You’ll also be sent waitlist special offers and some cracking bonus recipes too.