Life these days is jam packed, especially with wedding plans added to the normal busy schedule, and it seems daunting to take on nutrition plans and exercise routines that take too long or require strict compliance.  Keeping things simple is best for most of us and reduces stress, so here’s the one simple secret to a successful Bride Fit diet that will result in the fit & fabulous wedding dress ready body you desire…MEAL PLANNING!

 

When it comes to eating well, meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for success.  Here are the steps to make it easy:

 

  1. Get organized. Write down how many dinners and packable lunches you will need for the week.  Set yourself up for success with healthy meals that meet your nutrition goals and actually taste good.  TIP:  If you have a busy week plan for meals that can be served in a hurry.  Delicious meals don’t need to be elaborate recipes.
  2. Make a list and shop. Take an inventory of ingredients you already have before heading to the store. Clean out the fridge by getting rid of old left overs and expired products to make room to store your fresh items for the week.
  3. Prepare.  Clean produce, cut and store in containers so it’s easy to make a salad up. Mix up a combination of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, fennel, onions, asparagus, and whatever else you want, with some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), sea salt, pepper and herbs if you desire.  Arrange the vegetables on baking sheets and bake at 375 degrees until roasted to your liking.  Bake different chicken cuts such as breasts and thighs with some basic seasoning.  My favorite is a cilantro/lime, simply rub with a little EVOO, squeeze fresh lime, and add fresh or dried cilantro, salt and pepper.  Preparing big batches of quinoa or rice, which can be frozen in individual containers and simply pulled out when needed.  Prepping tuna salad ahead so it’s as easy as 1,2,3 to add to an already prepared salad is a great ‘go to’ for lunch and even dinner.  P.S. I like Primal Kitchen mayo with tuna because it contains avocado oil not vegetable oils that wreak havoc on your health.
  4. Get inspired with easy recipe ideas. Check out Just Eat Real Food for some great ideas for meals and snacks using real food. There are also some good recipes and idea on the myfitnesspal blog.

 

To save time, purchase pre-cut or frozen vegetable’s; preferably organic.  Another great option is to use a company such as Sunbasket that provides you with every ingredient you need to make the delicious recipe they provide.  Zero shopping is needed; everything is delivered to your door.

 

As an added bonus, it’s a healthy habit to prepare meals with your fiancé so picking out dinner menus and preparing together is an activity that will create intimacy and closeness.

 

Planning ahead will ensure there will be the best food choices available when you get hungry.

 

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” ~ Benjamin Franklin.

 

For the roadmap to getting ‘wedding dress ready’ and learning all the secrets to living ‘healthily and happily ever after’ with your fiancé, get my on-line program for Exceptional Brides today!  Have a healthy week!

Sheila Piehler

Sheila is a health coach and creator of 12 WEEKS TO A FIT BRIDE.   She works with BRIDES in the area’s of fitness, nutrition & lifestyle to create a life of “happily & healthily ever after.”

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