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March 28th, 2017 at 10:13 am

I've been thinking about Buendia's post the other day about how she meal plans at lunch as well. I've often wondered why I don't plan lunch. I know why I don't plan breakfast. I am too tired when I get up to stick to anything complicated. I tend to rotate between bacon and egg or two sausages and cucumbers. I don't eat typical breakfast foods in the morning like pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits, muffins, cereal, or that sort of thing. If I did, a meal plan might make sense. Also, everyone gets up at a different time, so there is no cohesive breakfast time.

Lunches are harder to plan for some reason. There are usually leftovers, but I don't know what and how much there will be. It's fend for yourself and while there are generally always sandwich fixings, I only eat high carbs at dinner time. DH tends to eat the leftovers and the kids tend to eat sandwiches. I will usually have chicken that is either leftover from a whole roasted chicken, or a bunch of legs that I cooked up for my lunches. I eat either salad or cucumbers with it, low-carb veggies of some sort. So with everyone having something different, it makes it hard to plan there.

Dinner is much easier since we are all eating the same thing at the same time. When I plan that out I plan a protein, a starch, a lower carb veggie, and a fruit. It serves me well to have this template as I can then just plug in what each item will be, and it keeps the higher carb foods contained in one meal, which works best for my blood sugar and my attention span throughout the day.

Why do you meal plan they way you do?

5 Responses to “Hmm...”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I make a plan in the morning for what I am going to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's just so I will focus on what needs to be used up or cooked or frozen for later use. Planning ahead doesn't work for me; there are too many unknowns, and I'm always having to change plans. But cooking for one is a whole different adventure than cooking for a family!

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I don't meal plan per se, but since I've been following the Daily Dozen diet (Dr. Greger, plant-based) it does end up fairly easy to predict what you're going to have since every day requires a large salad, lots of veggies and 3 servings of beans, plus fruit and nuts. So whie it's predictable, there's a little leeway in there to decide what kind of veggies, what kind of fruit and beans and so on.

    Breakfast is a no-brainer as I have the same thing 95% of the time: About 1/4 cup commercial cereal like post bran flakes mixed with 3/4 of my homemade granola with nuts and raisins, a half cup of berries and almond or soy milk. Again, pretty predictable but still leaves room for variation.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I only meal plan for dinner as well. Lunch is usually on our own, or daughter and husband take theirs to school and work. We do buy what they need for those, so in a way they are planned. They just aren't the same things for each of us. I'm usually the one eating the leftovers from dinner for lunch, so I don't plan that either.

  4. Bluebird Says:

    I meal plan breakfast, lunch and snacks for the boys and me. It's not complicated, but I just make sure I have the appropriate things on hand since I prepare those items. DH is on his own! He grocery shops and prepares dinners with our input.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    When it was just me eating lunch with "home" food, I never planned. There's always something around--leftovers or eggs or something. But now that DD and DH bring their lunches, I usually buy some deli ham or turkey for her, extra fruit and veggies. I've been making a mammoth pot of soup every week and DH has been taking soup most of the day. But he'll eat anything--including Saturday night's leftover Singapore noodles tomorrow.

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