Menu Planning

Keep It Simple

This month, I have been refreshing my FlyLady Babysteps with FlyLady Diane’s videos. It doesn’t feel like much effort, but after a couple of weeks I looked up and found that the house was pretty well running itself. It is astounding to see a little diligence go so far.

Today’s video covered Menu Planning. The purpose is not to have a pretty, well-made, printed plan in styled font. Grab a cup of tea, set a timer for 15 minutes, and think about what you want to fix.

I commonly plan only three suppers a week. The rest is easily filled with leftovers and pantry goods on hand, or with meals at relatives’ homes. The first time I wrote a list of go-to meals, I scribbled ideas on a sticky note and stuck it on one of the pages in a page protector in my Control Journal. I still use this years later. See? It doesn’t have to be perfect.

For breakfast, we usually stick with various egg combinations. As long as there are eggs, T-bacon, and a few fresh veggies in the fridge, breakfast is covered. Husband picks cereals and toast for more variety.

Then for lunch, I keep bread, lunchmeats, cheese, salad, hummus, chopped veggies, guacamole, corn chips, salsa, a batch of boiled eggs, and canned soups stocked. These can be mixed and matched from day to day, like grilled cheese and tomato soup, chips and sandwiches, chef salads, or a large finger food plate. Some of these items are great snacks to have on hand so you can dodge the cookies calling in the afternoon.

This plan developed over time, so don’t rush yourself trying to get everything just so. Meal planning is meant to make life EASIER! Just take 15 minutes, and scribble down what you want to do this week. That’s it. Try it out!


Body Clutter: a Review

…Body Clutter is a marvelous book full of honesty, encouragement, understanding, knowledge, and love for all “flybabies” who need to learn how to care for themselves.

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Authors Marla Cilly and Leanne Fly discuss their health and weight in their book, Body Clutter. Both ladies have struggled with weight-gain, health issues, emotional bruises, and cluttered “stink’n think’n.”  The core message of their literature is that if you de-clutter the space between your ears, you can de-clutter the weight off your thighs.

Chapter by chapter, Marla and Leanne cover numerous aspects of healthy living, primarily eating, moving, and attitude.  First, the ladies discuss what causes the “body clutter.”  Each reveals their painful history and how they learned to turn to food for their comfort.  Soon, the reader can clearly identify overeating/comfort eating/gluttony for what it is – self abuse and continuing the pain others have inflicted on us.  Food is not God.  We don’t have to turn to food to solve our pain.

They lead the reader to de-clutter the negative, downtrodden attitudes that hold us back from healthy habits.  Then, the ladies cover the eating habits that have worked for them, such as what to eat, how much to eat, and how often to eat.  They next uncover how simple it is to imcorporate exercise, or “loving movement” into their daily lives, once the excuses in their minds have been diminished.  Finally, Marla and Leanne discuss how to read labels, shop for groceries, gauge portions, and obtain useful nutrition to fuel our metabolism.

At the end of each chapter, the reader is challenged to answer questions, such as:  What is your go-to comfort food?  How do you handle it? What was going on in your life when you began this habit? What are some small, doable baby-steps you can accomplish today? Have you hidden from others while you eat? What excuses have you used against exercising? How can you plan your meals so that you can avoid the last-minute visit to the drive-thru?

The numerous pros of this book are quite useful, but I must disclose one con.  The final chapters devolve into redundancy.  Some readers could find this useful to solidly drive the ideas into their minds, but I found this unnecessary and difficult to focus upon.

Redundancy aside, Body Clutter is a marvelous book full of honesty, encouragement, understanding, knowledge, and love for all “flybabies” who need to learn how to care for themselves.  I have personally incorporated baby-steps, inspired by this book, for the past week.  In future posts, I will report on the effectiveness.  So far, I have already found myself more mindful of what I eat, and more capable of managing my blood sugar and cravings.  Accomplishing my health goals seems ages away, but as sure as my poor habits got me into this body clutter, my new good habits will eventually get me out.  In the meantime, I will enjoy the process of cooking tasty meals at home and dancing my burdens away.

The book is available at Amazon or at the FlyShop, and I encourage you to study, answer the questions, and engage in the de-cluttering process for yourself!

L’Chaim (to life),