Posted by: Cathy | February 14, 2018

Systems to support your art: Meal Planning

If you want to create more time in your schedule for your creative interests, meal planning is a system that can help.

I’ve heard that we can only make so many choices in a day, and knowing what you’re going to eat for the week can free up your mind to make more important (read: creative) choices, as well as streamline your meal preparation time.

For example, I try to eat 3 meals per day and two snacks. My breakfast is almost identical every day (coffee, juice, croissant), and my morning snack is usually a bowl of instant oatmeal or a granola bar. For my lunches, I try to cook a casserole on Sundays to portion out for the week, or I’ll have cans of soup and a loaf of bread ready to go. My afternoon snack is usually some kind of cheese and crackers. Then for dinner I can steam some veggies and have a vegetarian “chik” patty, or make a serving of spaghetti with red sauce.

I typically do my meal planning on Fridays. I’ll review my favorite grocery store ad to see what is on sale that week to save me extra money and I’ll build my menu around those tempting sale items (e.g., this week’s lunch casserole is from a sale on eggplants).

By having something ready-made and quick to prepare, I save time and energy on my meals, and I can use that time and energy on my creative pursuits.

Give it a try! Meal planning can feed you literally and also feed your creative pursuits!

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