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Managing Mealtimes

March 26, 2024

Sarah Craig Haverland, MS, RD, LDN, Health & Wellness Specialist and Kristen Shaben, MS, RD, LDN, NBC-HWC, RYT Health & Wellness Specialist

Meal planning often feels like an additional burden in our already busy lives, causing stress and anxiety for many. As Registered Dietitians, we understand this struggle and work with clients to help simplify meal planning and preparation, transforming it into a more manageable and enjoyable experience. If meal planning is stressful for you, here are some practical tips you can try at home.

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1. Start Small: Break down the meal prep process into smaller, more manageable tasks. Consider prepping ingredients ahead of time or initially commit to preparing just one meal a week. Remember, every little bit counts!
2. Utilize What You Have: Embrace a variety of food options, including fresh produce, frozen items, canned goods, and convenient foods. By leveraging these resources, you can create nutritious and delicious meals and snacks without feeling overwhelmed.
3. Use Familiar Recipes: Familiarize yourself with recipes and their ingredients. Establishing regular meal themes like “Meatless Monday” or “Taco Tuesday,” or sticking to tried-and-true recipes, minimizes the need for extensive brainstorming and saves time.
4. Cook with Joy: Incorporate cooking methods and foods that bring you pleasure and promote well-being. Create a relaxing cooking environment by lighting a candle or listening to music. Engage your senses mindfully while cooking, and then indulge in your meal in a setting that allows you to focus on what you are eating, savoring the entire dining experience.

By implementing these strategies, meal planning and preparation can become less daunting and more gratifying, enriching both your culinary journey and overall well-being.


Editor’s note: This blog post is presented for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. If you have any health concern, see a licensed healthcare professional in person.