As one of my friends pointed out in my last post, moving somewhere new can be mentally overwhelming. Everything is unfamiliar, so there are no set routines. And my poor brain has been exhausted!
So, this past weekend, I have focused on setting up some routines. I’ve gotten back into the habit of doing my morning routine, which I have simplified (I think morning routines are constant evolving anyway, or at least they should be, based on your needs at the time). I’m working on finding a good rhythm for evenings, and my small wardrobe makes choosing outfits to wear, easy.
But my biggest project, in setting up routines, was in menu planning. I’m still following a modified version of the Perfect Health Diet, but I haven’t been doing so well with it.
Because if there was ever a diet that was mentally involved, this is it.
Deciding what to eat each evening, involves counting out servings, planning when to eat meat, and making sure we have enough safe starches on hand. And if my lunches were not already made up, I would end up going without.
My solution? Have one set breakfast and lunch for the week, and have two different dinners. And do as much prep as possible, on Sunday.
For breakfast, I cut a bunch of bananas in half, coated them in almond butter, rolled them in ground flaxseed, dipped them in maple syrup-sweetened yogurt, rolled them in flaxseed again, sprinkled walnuts on them and froze them. This gives me lots of omega 3’s (which will help with the stress of being in a new place) and starch (which will help me once I start riding my bicycle to work). I enjoy my breakfast bananas along with some iced or hot coffee from Dan’s site, at Healthy Food Matters.
For lunch, I make a week’s worth of Bonanza Bowls, from CJ and Tammy’s blog, The Great Jollyhoombah. I soak the brown rice first, and I add avocado and nori. Beans are technically not allowed on the Perfect Health diet, but I had a bunch of cans of organic beans, so I’m using them up. Once they are gone, I will find more veggies to throw in, in their place. When I get sick of these, I’ll try Sandra’s Buddha Bowls, at Living Lagom–they are a variation on this theme.
For a heavenly dinner, it’s Courtney’s tacos, from Be More With Less. Since we eat meat, I seasoned some grass-fed ground beef. Instead of corn tortillas, I found some delightful gluten-free flour ones. They fry up quite nicely. I seriously could eat these everyday.
For our other dinner, it’s stir fried veggies over wild rice and millet. But another great simple dinner option is Diane’s simple chicken casserole, from Simple Living and Eating. Serve it with a starch, and you’re good to go.
How do you simplify your meal-planning?