A dear friend of mine shared her resolution on Facebook. She vows to set monthly resolutions instead of one big yearly resolution. I love her idea for January: not eat out for lunch all month. Not only will she save approximately $200, but she could potentially lose 5 pounds just by packing her own lunch each day!
My advice? Start preparing the week’s lunches on Sunday. With a few easy steps, reaching her goal week after week will be simple and she’ll feel so amazing I bet she’ll continue the trend in February! Read on:
- Meal plan and make a list. On Sunday, plan our your week’s lunches: perhaps one day you’ll have a salad of mixed greens with balsamic grilled chicken, the next you’ll have turkey meatloaf with a baked sweet potato and a side of greens, followed by a roast turkey sandwich (with greens) on whole wheat bread and carrot sticks. You’ll want to prepare a shopping list that encompasses all ingredients on your meal plan and don’t forget snacks! Good snack options can include individually-wrapped trail mix packs, an apple with cheese stick, hummus & veggie sticks, or 2 hardboiled eggs and an orange.
- Don’t deviate. If it’s not in the house, you won’t eat it, right? I don’t care if fruit snacks are on sale, if they’re not on the list, they don’t belong in the cart. (Plus, fruit snacks are code for candy.)
- Prepare food in advance. Having hard boiled eggs on your salad? Carrot sticks with your snack? Turkey meatloaf? Many items can be prepared on Sunday night, pre-packaged and stored in the freezer until the day-of. Pre-cut your veggies, portion out snacks and store the rest.
- Invest in a thermal lunch box. If your workplace lacks a refrigerator, keep your lunch & snacks cool in a thermal lunch box. A wise investment.
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