The relaxed program

Welcome to the “relaxed” 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 "RELAXED" PROGRAM?

The “relaxed” program is a method that will allow you to organize your meals if you have a rather relaxed pace of life. This generally means that you do not have children at home (or that they are quite independent), especially young children, and that you have time to take care of your health and your diet.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAM?

This program is designed to give you a little more comfort. You have time to think about your meals and prepare them, but you would like to have some flexibility to go about your business or activities without having to worry about preparing the next meal. In other words, you would like to be able to eat certain meals without having to go to the kitchen and cook them.

WHAT DOES THE "RELAX" PROGRAM ENTAIL?

This program is all about putting in place simple planning strategies that will give you greater flexibility. Nothing too drastic, since your lifestyle allows you to prepare most of your meals with ease.

WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE I START?

If you don’t live alone, you need to figure out beforehand who will benefit from the meals you will be planning. Are these meals going to be for you alone or for the whole family? If not everyone in the house has the same diet (for example, you are the only one who does not eat gluten), would you rather prepare one dish for everyone or two separate dishes?

What tools do I need?

Plannings

Given your lifestyle, there is absolutely no need for you to plan all your meals. However, the only reason you want to get organized is because you are looking for greater comfort. Therefore, figure out what would be most convenient for you: to always have some meals ready to be heated up at the last minute in case you need them (what we could call backup meals), in which case a planning is not necessary; or to have, say, lunch ready each Thursday right after your gym class, plus dinner one night a week for the whole family, in which case having a planning over several weeks could be quite convenient. Just adapt your planning strategy to your needs (and your style, that is how much you like planning in general).

Batch cooking

Batch cooking can help you prepare in advance the few meals you want to offload. In order to have backup meals in stock, there is nothing more convenient than to prepare several of them in large quantities and save them for later. You can also set up a meal plan for several weeks with the meals you want to have on hand, then cook several recipes in large quantities, divide them into portions and save them. And there you have it, peace of mind for a while.

Freezing

Once you've decided which meals you want to prepare in advance, you can freeze them if you batch cook, so as to eat them in the following weeks or months. Freezing is not mandatory (you can get organized on a weekly basis), but it gives you a lot more flexibility and freedom.

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

Based on my personal situation, I may need to determine if everyone in my household will be on the same diet or if there will be variations, and whether I will be preparing meals in advance just for me or for several people.

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I create a planning

If it helps, I design a planning for certain meals so as to prepare them all in advance and not forget anything. This planning will also help me do my grocery shopping and remember what I had planned for when.

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I prepare in advance

I prepare my meals in advance, either one by one or in batch.

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I freeze (optional)

I can freeze some of the meals I prepare in advance if it suits me, either to always have something on hand (backup meals) or to avoid having to cook specific meals for a few weeks in a row.

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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!

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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, 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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