I recall trying, really hard, to use- and like- meal plans. Time saver. Limit food waste. Become more organised.
So I thought.
While these good intentions saw me spend a Sunday morning drafting out meal plans for the upcoming week (with gusto), my lust for meal planning became slippery- fast.
So what happened? Why did I constantly spend time sitting down to craft a meal plan, to find it all went horribly wrong?
6 reasons why I don’t like, and never will like, meal plans
1. Menu planning took the ‘trust’ out of what my body wanted to eat.
Instead I would future trip into what it was I thought that my body wanted and needed on a particular day. Which let me tell you, was only ever occasionally correct.
2. I hardly ever felt satisfied.
Here’s the thing: when you deprive yourself from eating what it is you really want to eat, you will be left ‘wanting’. And that is exactly how I felt when I ate a meal that I didn’t want to be eating because I was in fact craving something else.
3. I’d over eat.
Because I wasn’t truly leaning into and trusting what it was I really wanted to eat, I would eat what was on the meal plan, then crawl to the fridge or the pantry not long after, lunging for that ‘something else’ that would fill the void.
4. I’d feel guilty when I broke the rules.
Like in the example above where I’d end up eating my way through food after food to find what it was I was actually searching for, I’d end up feeling devastated that I had broken the rules. While trying to stick to the rules I had in fact eaten way more than I ‘allowed myself’.
5. Menu planning was based on rules.
For example: tonight is salad night because I had carbs for lunch, type of thinking. Or dessert night isn’t tonight because that’s scheduled for thursday. Ugh! Hello!!
6. It became incredibly boring, predictable and not fun.
Understandable no?! Especially given all the information listed above!! How can that be fun? Organised- perhaps, but I want to enjoy rather than see it as a chore, a set of rules or punishment.
And this is why I will never create menu plans (sorry to the people asking for them). I do however know many bloggers who do and if you are interested please go and check out Cassie Mendoza-Jones at Elevate Vitality, who has a few different types of meal plans for sale (including a free menu plan as gift for subscribing to her blog). Deliciously Ella also has plant based, vegan meal plans in her wonderful app ‘Deliciously Ella’. See here for the app details.
What are your thoughts about menu planning? Do you find it helpful? Let me know in the comments below.