This Healthy + Balanced Meal Planning Method makes it easy to have healthy food on the table for your family every week.
I used to spend WAY too much money at the grocery store.
And we always ended up with extra ingredients getting old in the back of the refrigerator.
To make matters worse, without a meal-plan we’d just throw our usual go-to’s together and call it good.
Needless to say, my whole family was getting really sick of eating the same meals over and over again.
And frankly, cooking got kind of boring.
But our lives changed when I developed the Healthy + Balanced Meal Planning Method.
Things got so good, in fact, that I absolutely have to share this method with you.
Because I’m positive that it’s going rock your world too.
First, a little back-story.
I’m an acupuncturist, holistic health coach, and I teach a university class called Constitutional Medicine and Seasonal Dietetics.
(That’s a fancy way of saying that I teach nutrition, naturopathic, and Chinese medicine students how to make customized and seasonally-appropriate diet + lifestyle plans for their patients).
This content gets me SO jazzed, because the wisdom behind it is based in ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Greek medicine systems.
But despite its ancient roots, it’s still totally applicable to the modern lifestyle
And it can make a huge impact on how healthy and energized you (and your whole family) feel, day in and day out.
My biggest takeaway is this:
Yes, it’s important to make sure that meals are nutrient-dense.
But from a holistic standpoint, health and wellness aren’t just about the vitamins and minerals you consume.
Holistic health is about balancing what’s going on INSIDE of you with what’s going on OUTSIDE of you.
When you know how to do that, you feel healthier, more energized, and have an easier time getting all the things done that you want to do.
Now, before I developed the Healthy + Balanced Meal Planning Method, I knew all this information in theory.
But did I consistently apply it to my own life?
My husband is an organic farmer (and also a nutrition professor,) so we definitely used more ingredients that were seasonally appropriate.
But having a young family with both parents working meant that we were falling tragically short when it came to practicing what we preach.
Enter the Healthy + Balanced Meal Planning Method.
The Healthy + Balanced Meal Planning Method takes a holistic approach to health and wellness.
So the first thing you have to do in order to make a healthy + balanced meal plan is that you’ve got to begin by looking at your environment.
Because from a holistic standpoint, the climate around you has a direct effect on how you feel, both physically and emotionally.
Just think about how tired you get when it’s cold, dark, and rainy for days on end vs. how energized you feel when it’s hot and sunny.
Well, as it turns out, you can help yourself feel better by using ingredients and cooking methods that balance out the weather.
1. That’s why step 1 is to take a look at the weather report for the coming week and determine the dominant weather pattern.
To do this, I like to classify the weather as either Hot + Dry, Hot + Humid, Cold + Dry, Cold + Humid, and Variable/Changing.
Sometimes this will be chystal clear.
If the whole week is in the 90’s with more than 50% humidity, put down Hot + Humid.
But sometimes the weather’s a bit wonkier.
If this is the case, just figure out the 2 dominant weather patterns and also put down “Variable/Changing”.
All of this is going to help you determine what kinds of ingredients and cooking methods you’re going to want to focus on this week.
2. Next, you’re going to want to evaluate what’s going on for you and your family on a mind-body level.
There are 4 basic categories of imbalance that I like to consider: Hot, Cold, Damp, and Dry.
Hot signs + symptoms are things like acute flare-ups, rashes, and anger.
Cold signs + symptoms include poor circulation, low appetite, and fatigue.
Damp signs + symptoms include having a heavy feeling in the body, foggy-brain, and worry.
Dry signs + symptoms include cracking joints, thirst, and anxiety.
There are a lot more signs + symptoms in each of these categories, this is just to give you a general idea.
If you want a more comprehensive list I recommend getting your hands on my Eat Healthy + Feel Better Quick-Guide E-Book.
Once you’ve identified your family’s dominant pattern of imbalance, you’re going to want to combine that information with what’s going on in the climate to figure out which direction you want your meals to go in this week.
Interestingly, signs and symptoms often overlap with the climate.
But sometimes they’re also totally different.
Don’t freak out if this happens.
If, for example, you’ve got a lot of heat signs + symptoms but it’s the middle of winter, you’ll want to plan meals that are still warming for winter, but include a few more cooling side-dishes and snacks to keep you balanced.
3. Now you’re ready to make your healthy + balanced meal-plan!
Check out cookbooks and recipes online that include the ingredients and cooking methods that you’ve determined will be the most balancing for you this week.
Then fill in the blanks on your meal plan chart.
And then you’re almost done.
Then make a list of things you’ll need to prepare ahead of time (for example, if you’re having sprouted-chickpea falafel on Friday you’ll want to start soaking the chickpeas on Tuesday.)
And finally, create a shopping list based on your meal-plan.
Making a healthy + balanced meal plan is as simple as that!
But I’m about to make this even easier for you.
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It’s totally FREE, and will make your weekly meal planning so much easier, healthier, and less stressful.
Because it lays everything out for you, crystal clear, including the signs + symptoms you want to look out for so you can keep yourself feeling healthy and balanced.
Plus, you’ll get an extra bonus:
The Healthy + Balanced Meal Formula, which helps you mix and match your favorite ingredients to create a healthy, balanced, delicious, and easy-to-make meal, every time.
This formula allows you to prep everything ahead of time if you want to, so you can save boat-loads of time in the kitchen.
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And now I’d love to hear from you.
What are your favorite healthy go-to recipes when you’re in a hurry?
Leave a comment, I could always use some more inspiration in the kitchen!