4 Reasons You Should Start Meal Planning Today

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Are you tired of the daily dilemma of figuring out what to cook for dinner? Do you often find yourself rushing to throw together a meal at the last minute, resulting in unhealthy choices or wasted ingredients? If so, it’s time to discover the incredible benefits of meal planning. By devoting a little time and effort upfront to plan your meals, you can revolutionize your approach to cooking and eating. This Journal post will explore four compelling reasons to start meal planning today. From saving time and money to promoting healthier eating habits and fostering culinary exploration, meal planning has the power to transform your relationship with food and enhance your overall well-being. 


1. It saves time and mental energy

One of the significant advantages of meal planning is the time and mental energy it saves. When you already know what you will cook for the week, you eliminate the daily struggle of deciding what to prepare. With a well-thought-out meal plan, you can spend less time contemplating meal options and more time on other things you enjoy. Additionally, meal planning enables you to prep ingredients or even entire meals ahead of time- it’s a way to simplify and streamline the cooking process.


2. It reduces food waste and saves money

Meal planning helps you avoid the common pitfall of buying excess ingredients and ultimately wasting food. By intentionally planning your menu and purchasing only the necessary ingredients, you can minimize food waste significantly. This not only benefits the environment but also saves you money in the long run. Having a well-structured meal plan makes you less likely to make impulse purchases or let perishable items go to waste, resulting in more efficient grocery shopping and cost-effective meal preparation.

3. It provides consistency, routine, and space for family traditions

Consistency and routine are essential elements for a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to eating habits. Meal planning allows you to establish a structured routine around mealtimes, reducing the chances of snacking before meals. It also offers an opportunity to plan and balance your macronutrient intake- ensuring that your family eats a well-rounded and nutritious diet. Additionally, meal planning can become a ritualistic practice that fosters family bonding. You can create and sustain family cooking traditions by involving your loved ones in the planning and preparation process.


4. It provides an opportunity to try new foods

Exploring new flavours and expanding your culinary horizons is an exciting aspect of meal planning. When you take the time to peruse seasonal recipes and cookbooks during the planning phase, you expose your family to a wide range of new foods and flavours. Trying out different recipes adds variety to your meals and helps diversify your family’s palate. Meal planning encourages creativity in the kitchen. It allows you to introduce new and nutritious ingredients into your daily meals. This makes dining a more enjoyable and adventurous experience.


Meal planning offers many advantages that can enhance your lifestyle and the well-being of your family. The benefits are numerous, from saving time and mental energy to reducing food waste and fostering family traditions. Start meal planning today and reap the rewards of a well-organized and deliciously satisfying mealtime experience.

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Want to try meal planning today? Check out my Journal post: “Seasonal Mealtime Planning“. It offers a wealth of ideas, inspiration, and a free template to help you effortlessly incorporate seasonal ingredients, create themed food nights, and maintain organization.


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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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