Welcome to The Well Nourished Family. My goal in creating this fabulous membership is to help you to eat well more consistently and with absolute ease! Eating home cooked meals regularly is one of the very best ways to ensure good health and I’m so glad you’re here.
To get you started finding a system that works for you, I’ve outlined some of the ways current members are using the membership. But before I share this, I want to remind you that this is NOT a program or something you need to ‘do’ each day. It’s a membership that provides you with tools to create systems that can reduce your cognitive load and help to simplify the path to creating a healthy, sustainable lifestyle…one that suits your unique family and lifestyle!
Finding a system that works for you may take a little effort in this initial ‘setting up’ phase and perhaps some adjusting and fine tuning along the way. But like all systems, once established they save you time, money and reduce a whole lot of decision fatigue.
There is no ‘right’ way of doing things or timeline you need to work to; and you don’t need to be using all aspects of the membership for it to be a valuable resource. I liken The Well Nourished Family to a gym membership – I joined a gym with a friend a few years ago and whilst I loved going to a couple of classes a week and using a few pieces of gym equipment occasionally, my friend went to daily classes and used most of the equipment regularly. We both developed a routine that suited our needs and we derived value in our own time and way!
There are so many aspects of this membership that are customisable to your individual needs. Whilst these examples will help you to get started, please explore and play around with creating systems that suit you best. For step-by-step instructions for getting familiar with the technology and how to use it, make sure you also watch the short instructional videos included in the Video Vault.
Sustainable change takes time
If you truly want to create a sustainable habit around cooking and eating well, please start slow! If you’ve not tried meal planning before or you’re not a confident cook, this is especially important.
Start browsing and adding recipes to your planner inbox. If you have dietary restrictions enter them into the Recipe Filter and browse from there.
I also strongly encourage you to drop the ‘all or nothing’ approach to cooking regularly and eating well, this rarely serves us well (trust me, this mindset has held me back too). It’s unlikely you’ll develop the ‘perfect’ system right up so don’t let that stop you from doing something to get started. Being part of the family is NOT about cooking every single night of the week (unless of course that is manageable for you)… but I hope that if you’re planing and cooking two nights a week, you can soon try for three and so on.
Join the Facebook group
The thing I’m most proud about in my business is the amazing community that’s developed from it. The ‘Family’ facebook group is the most supportive, inspirational bunch and being a part of it as someone who’s new to meal planning or wholefood cooking, is highly recommended (though not essential).
I’m also in the group daily along with my two community managers Rach and Elle to support you in all your cooking endeavours.
Start Saving Recipes
The very best place to start is as you browse through recipes to add the ones you’d like to cook to your planner (click the ‘Add to Planner’ button on the recipe). This saves them to ‘Your Collection’ ‘Inbox’ on the My Weekly Plan Page. They will also appear in the drop down menu when you go to add meals to a meal plan.
Start with a Mini Plan
If you’re new here or stuck in indecision, a full week of meals may be overwhelming. So why not loosely plan for 2 meals. This will take you less than one minute and is the most basic way to add meals to a plan and generate a shopping list, here’s how…
This may not be your end game, but instead of doing nothing, just get started and mini-plan your week!
Use the Templates to create a plan
If you head to ‘My Weekly Planner’ this is where all of your custom meal plans can be created and are saved.
Towards the top of this page you’ll see some templates. Click on the ‘Starter – 3 days of dinners plan’ and add three meals for the week. You might like to increase the serving sizes to double the recipe and cook once for two meals. If you do this, you would end up with six meals done for the week (or you could freeze for next week).
Or the Plan By Meal template is great too and gives you plenty of flexibility to add meals but not necessarily decide what day you will cook them.
Edit Georgia’s plan
Each week I share two new nutritionally balanced meal plans (one for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern) so they are suitable for the climate and season you’re in. I understand that it may not suit your family’s tastes or schedule so you can save this to your own meal planner and edit it to suit. You can change the serving sizes, remove meals and/or replace them. If you’re new to meal planning, you might want to strip this plan back to just two or three meals. Here’s a little demo…