01-14-15 – Wednesday – Food Planning

One of the techniques that I use to make sure I am eating the right foods each day is by simply planning them. If you notice, each day I will list all my meals for the day. This happens before I even eat breakfast.

I have found that by simply planning the whole day’s menu serves two purposes. First, it ensures that I have all food in the fridge and ready to go for the day. There will be no need to have to search for food during the course of the day like lunchtime. Lunchtime is actually pretty easy because most of the time it is just left over’s from dinner the night before. Or sometimes a combination of leftovers. Second, it holds me accountable to a written list of food. This is what I am to eat today and I cannot deviate. The whole process makes life a whole lot less stressful too. I have driven around at lunchtime searching for a place to eat where I know they serve good fresh meats and vegetables. I have found that experience daunting to say the least. Most food establishments don’t operate to serve a paleo type of menu.

I know that there are some people who can plan food menu’s for the whole week, and in some cases I have known mom’s who can plan for up to two weeks. My wife Sharon has this ability, but she doesn’t design a specific menu for the whole week. She purchases the specific foods needed to have on hand to plan a menu for each day. My Grandmother on the other hand had specific days for certain menu’s. For her Tuesday was egg night, and Thursday was soup night. She would only change the menu during specific seasons when certain foods were in season.

While searching the internet I have discovered that there are literally hundreds of websites that are built around menu planning. There are even techniques and apps for finding the best foods at the best prices, and how to find coupons for your favorite foods. With all of this help that is available I still find that sometimes when I ask someone what they are having for dinner tonight, they simply don’t know. I could build a whole website about this subject, but why should I? It has already been done very well by others.

Yesterday I thought that I may have acquired some type of 24 hour bug and I would wake up this morning feeling refreshed. It turns out that this is not the case as I rose this morning feeling less energy with a runny nose. So once again I will skip the workout in favor of preserving all of my energy for battling the stupid virus that is running through my system. I am actually curious to see how quickly I heal with my new health regimen. The last time I had a cold I was over weight, ate like crap and smoked. Though I rarely get sick, when I do I remember a cold would last around a week before I started feeling like myself again.

I have noticed that with fighting a cold, my blood sugar is up slightly and my weight is up a little too. I am sure that this is due to inflammation and I will pay little attention to it until I am feeling well again.

Blood Sugar – 95, Weight – 169.0


Breakfast – 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch – Ribs, Cabbage
Dinner – Cabbage Rolls, Butternut Squash

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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