Do you ever start out with good intentions to eat healthy and give up almost immediately because you just don’t have the energy to do it? Good nutrition is so important, especially when you’re already dealing with less-than-ideal energy levels, but sometimes it’s a lot easier to just eat something from a box or order take-out. Some days actually cooking a meal is just completely out of the question.
That’s why it’s critical to have a few go-to meals or snacks that you can count on to be fast and easy to prepare. The key is to plan ahead. A general meal plan helps ensure you have healthy options on-hand, no matter how you’re feeling on a particular day. I don’t usually plan for specific days; I just make lists of different snacks/meals that I plan to have for the week ahead and choose each day which of those things I want to eat. That allows me to know I have all the ingredients I need for certain snacks or meals, and I can always just switch it around as my appetite and energy levels dictate.
Planning ahead definitely helped last night. I made a really quick stir-fry with brown rice on Wednesday night, and I made sure to make enough rice that I would have some left over to use in another meal. May I just say I hate cooking brown rice? It seems like it takes FOREVER! Anyway…. I had this extra rice, and some pretty bell peppers so I decided to make some stuffed peppers. (By the way, those were not on my list, but those peppers were so pretty I just had to use them.) I browned some grass-fed ground beef, then added spices, a little spinach and fresh parsley, and mixed this with the leftover rice. I stuffed the peppers with this mixture and baked them in a covered baking dish. I did it in the oven, but if you wanted to make it even quicker, you could use the microwave. I finished them off with a sprinkling of feta cheese, then sliced up a cucumber and sprinkled it with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and that was dinner.
Meals don’t have to be complicated to be good and good for you. When you deal with fibromyalgia or any other type of chronic condition, the easier you can make things for yourself the better. Meal planning is one of the tools I use to help me eat more healthfully.
What helps you the most?