Yes, it is possible to create and develop your very own meal plan, meal schedule or meal routine. In fact it is so easy, it only has one step:
Do whatever works for you to get meals on the table!
Of course, this is often easier said than done. Most people just want to see what someone else is doing and copy that. However, that is the lazy way and it usually never generates much success. Since we are all completely different, what works for one person or family, most definitely will not work for another. So how do you decide, what will work for you and your meal needs?
- Scheduling Food Days: Some people like to create specific days for specific foods, like Taco Tuesday for Mexican inspired cuisine, or Pizza Friday, for home-made, delivery or take-out pizza. This makes choosing meals easy, as most days have a designated theme, and everyone knows what to expect.
- Daily/ Weekly Planning: Others like to strategically plan exactly what they are going to have each and everyday, for every single meal. This planning may be done on a daily basis, or once a week to create a weekly plan. People may also decide to only plan for lunches, dinners or whatever meals need the most attention. This gives more variety than sticking to designated theme days, but also requires greater detail, planning and thought.
- Diets: Then there are people who follow a specific meal plan. These meal plans come from a variety of sources, including books, magazines, the internet, doctors, or weight loss companies. Individuals follow these meal plans in order to lose weight, reach their health goals, reduce negative physical symptoms or by personal choice. The meal plans are typically pre-determined, and created according to the goals or needs of the individual following the diet.
- Free-For-All: Some individuals do not like any sort of plan or routine at all when it comes to meals. So their idea of a meal schedule is to make a meal out of what they have. There is no planning or preparation involved, and some days dinner may be great, while other days there may only be canned soup.
- All-of-the-Above: This is where I fit in. There are components from each section above that I like, and others that I don’t. So I only take what works for me from each section and incorporate them together into my own sort of meal planning strategy. You get the best of all worlds and only choose the aspects that work for your home, schedule, family, and personality.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, I’m sure there are a billion other ways as well. But in the end, only choose what will work for YOU. You are the one that needs to put a meal on the table, so however you decide to best do that is up to you.