Rethink How You Plan Dinner

Rethink How You Plan Dinner

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“What’s for dinner?” Anyone else dread that question? The answer is a never-ending nightly struggle, and I’m sure many of you can relate.

We make so many decisions every day, and that can be mentally exhausting. By the time dinner rolls around, it can feel like we’re stuck in an endless loop trying to figure out what to eat.

This struggle came when I was standing in front of the fridge — like many other nights before —  trying to figure out what to make. It wasn’t like I didn’t have any food on hand, but everything required work, time and cooking. And honestly, I felt so tired and stressed out by the whole thing that I just didn’t feel like making anything at all. So, what did I do? I opened my phone and ordered takeout.

This was long before planning meals was part of the game. Here are three things I did to break out of the “What’s for Dinner” stress loop:

  1. I got over the blame game with myself and started finding recipes that were within my budget and didn’t take forever to prepare. I would also anticipate when I was going to eat out to balance my time and nourishment.
  2. Spent time “batch cooking.” Currently, I prep food at least for breakfast and snacks and rely on dinner leftovers for lunch to keep it simple.
  3.  Things shifted. I noticed the link between how I felt when I ate home-cooked meals vs. more take out. Less bloating and more energy. Less stress and more time to enjoy family and warm weather seasons.

This is just one way to look at meal planning. Some may benefit by cooking only a few nights a week and then eating off of those family dinner staples. Others may use a meal delivery service on weeks where time is tight and activities (I.e. kids sports, meetings, etc.) take up your evening hours. 

Upgrading your habits is seldom easy, and it takes time. The key lies in creating a health and fitness plan that works with your current life (not against it) while supporting your goals. A few simple tweaks can make a world of difference.


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About the author

Laura Thomas
Thomas Fitness Consulting was launched in 2017 after Laura Thomas decided to fulfill her dream of helping professional women and expecting and new mothers find strength and energy through movement and accountability support. She currently serves the greater Westlake and Broadview Heights areas in-person and also offers virtual coaching. For more information, visit

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