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Getting Started With The 21 Day Fix

The 21 Day Fix is by far my favorite Beachbody program. The nutrition plan is so simple, fun,  and the portion-controlled container system has played a huge part in my 55 pound weight loss this  year. I highly encourage all of my clients, friends and family to do this program because it’s a great lifestyle !  It allows them to gain a good understanding of how to eat clean and control portion sizes, without the madness of counting calories. I don’t know about you, but calorie counting turns me into a mad woman! I love that this lifestyle is something that teaches you how to eat and you can be consistent . If you slack , its easy to jump back in rather then just gain all your weight back ( like most diets and trends!) Take it from a yo-yo dieter!

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A lot of people  tend to struggle at first putting together a meal plan for the 21 Day Fix, so I’m going to share with you the meal planning process I follow. The hardest part of this lifestyle is your nutrition. Once you know what you’re going to eat, you set yourself up for an amazing week. I can’t stress enough the importance of ensuring you have your week planned out. Nutrition is key. Fail to plan , plan to fail . Don’t think too much about it, just make the time to sit down and plan it. You get better as you go. Im putting together a customized meal plan for everyone and should have it done by this weekend.

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TIPS ON HOW TO GET YOUR MEAL PLAN STARTED

1) PRINT OUT A BLANK WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING WORKSHEET AND SHOPPING LIST.weekly planner-2

 

2) REFER TO YOUR MASTER LIST OF CLEAN EATING RECIPES.

You can find lots of great clean eating recipes online. You’ll refer to your list over and over again, so save it somewhere that is easy to access.

3) MARK OFF CONTAINERS AS YOU ADD THINGS TO YOUR LIST.

The colored letters right below the days of the week represent the color and number of containers for each calorie level. As you add something to your meal plan, cross off the appropriate letter.

4) START PLANNING THE EASIEST MEALS FIRST.

For most, that will be breakfast and snacks. A lot of people usually eat the same thing for breakfast or switch between a few options. Fill in those slots first.

5) NEXT, PLAN FOR DINNER.

This is where it’s fun to get creative and add in some new recipes. Often you will have leftovers that you can use to put in some of the lunch slots. If you want, you can even plan to have leftovers one night during the week. Plan crockpot meals on days when you know you don’t have much time or will be away from home most the day. I find it helpful to create a Meal Planning board on Pinterest for new recipes that I want to try.

6) PLAN LUNCH USING LEFTOVERS OR SALAD.

Lunch is a great time to make a great big salad and add any leftover protein from the night before, or simply heat up leftovers.

MY TOP TIPS!

Spread your nutrients throughout the day.
Try to have your carbs earlier in the day.
Avoid eating fruit or carbs alone. Make sure you add a healthy fat or protein to keep your blood sugar stable.
Don’t stress too much about small amounts of some ingredient in casseroles, soups, etc.
To figure out the serving size, measure the ingredients in your containers as you add them to a recipe.
Start a recipe binder or Pinterest board to save recipes you want to try and one for those you’ve tried and know you love.
Make a list of your favorite things for breakfast and snacks to make planning easier

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