Welcome to the “organized” program. You are here because you feel that this meal planning program might be the best fit for you. Should you need to review the different programs, click here:
The “organized” program is a method that will allow you to plan meals for your whole family if you have a fairly balanced lifestyle. It is suitable if you have children but you or your spouse do not work or work part-time.
This program is designed to help you become more efficient. Sure, you’re not caught up in the all-consuming spiral of full-time work, but you still have a lot to manage. Life as a stay-at-home mom or dad is not easy-peasy, there are endless lists of things to do. Therefore, you need to operate efficiently.
This program will consist of setting up a system that will allow you to be more efficient and spend less time in the kitchen. Your planning system must be thoroughly thought out and designed so that it can run smoothly. This way, you will have time to do everything else, i.e. take care of everything you have to do, but also find some time to relax.
Since you have children and perhaps a partner, you need to determine before you start if everyone in the house is going to follow the same diet. If not everyone in your family has to stick to the same diet, are you willing to set up a parallel meal plan, and therefore cook different dishes for each meal? Or is it easier to have everyone in the house eat the same way? Note that in general, the latter option is much easier to manage and the whole family eventually gets used to it and develops new habits. This is a decision that can be taken as a family, depending on everyone’s tastes and the age of the children, among other things.
I choose one of the available programs. Each program is a toolbox designed to guide me, so I adapt it according to my situation. I can either jump right in or start slowly: either way, the goal is to set up a coherent system that will help me in the long run.REVIEW THE LIST OF PROGRAMS1
I decide whether everyone in my household will follow the same diet or whether there will be variants, depending on my possibilities and aspirations. Variants mean more different dishes to cook, which doesn't make my job any easier. This is a personal and/or family decision.2
I draw up a meal plan for some of my meals so that I can prepare everything in advance and not forget anything, for several weeks if possible. This planning will also help me do my grocery shopping and remember what I had planned for when. I will be able to reuse this meal plan throughout the year, which will make the process so much easier.discover THE PLANNING TOOLS3
I freeze all or part of the meals I prepare, especially if I want to get organized over a period of several weeks.5
Regaining a little freedom is indeed the goal, so I take advantage of that freedom. My mental load is lighter, as I can now focus on something other than the constant preparation of meals. Yippee, my schedule makes a lot more sense!6
If you have some time, take the opportunity to…
You have some free time? Take the opportunity to read about your health issues, how your body works, different relaxation techniques, etc. The more informed you are, the more you will be able to take care of yourself in a holistic way.
If you’re lucky enough not to be pressured for time, take the opportunity to explore: learn more about healthy ingredients, try out recipes. It’s an investment for greater pleasure and well-being!
Exercise, meditate, play board games, play with your kiddos, go to the spa if that’s your thing, in short, anything that can do you some good and that you enjoy. Health is a whole.
To help you set up the planning system that suits you best, Light & Delight provides you with its planning tools. Totally free, these tools will allow you to build reusable meal plans, to automatically generate the associated shopping list and/or to download a blank planner if you’d rather get organized on paper. More details on these tip top tools can be found here: