The organized program

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:

WHAT IS THE "organized" PROGRAM?

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. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAM?

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.

WHAT DOES THE "organized" PROGRAM ENTAIL?

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.

WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE I START?

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.

What tools do I need?

Plannings

Meal plans are going to be of great help to you. Since the goal is to gain in efficiency, you have to get organized. Planning the different meals over two, three, four or more weeks is a lot of work, one must admit. But think about what comes afterwards. Once the meal plans are drawn, so are your shopping lists and there's no more need to have that on your to-do list every week. And if you're afraid of eating the same thing over and over again, you can stretch out the list of meal plans by creating variants. With the tools provided by Light & Delight, this is a piece of cake.

Batch cooking

In your case, your approach to batch-cooking will depend on the time you have and the goals you set. Are you working 50%, 60% or not at all? How many children do you have and how old are they? Do you have other commitments besides the house and the kids? Do you want to free up more time for hobbies or passions? Batch-cooking can be approached as a backup (always having a few meals in the freezer just in case), as one pillar among others (you decide which meals in each meal plan are prepared in advance and which are cooked on a day-to-day basis) or as your primary tool (you prepare the majority of meals in advance, keeping them in the refrigerator or freezer).

Freezing

Once you've decided which meals you want to prepare in advance, you can freeze some to be eaten in the following weeks or months. It's so convenient to just defrost!

How do I proceed: recap

I choose my program

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.

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I figure out who I am going to plan for

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.

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I create a planning

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.

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I prepare in advance

I prepare my meals in advance thanks to the batch cooking technique, to save time and energy.

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I freeze (optional)

I freeze all or part of the meals I prepare, especially if I want to get organized over a period of several weeks.

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I ENJOY MY RECOVERED FREEDOM!

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!

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SOME KINDLY ADVICE...

If you have some time, take the opportunity to…

READ

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.

EXPLORE

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!

RELAX

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.

The planning tools

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:

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