Day 17: Take 5 Minutes to Think Through the Rest of Your Meals This Week

The Cooking Cure Spring 2014

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Day 17: Tuesday, March 25
Today's Assignment: Take 5 minutes to take stock of your week and your meal plans
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Our meals on Monday and Tuesday can usually ride the momentum of weekend planning and go off without a hitch. But by Wednesday, things start to go off the rails all too easily. You find out about a late meeting on Thursday that throws dinner into question, or you realize you forgot a key ingredient for one of your recipes, or you're tired of eating the big meal you prepped on Sunday.

Today — Tuesday, the day before your plans go awry — take 5 minutes to take stock of your week. Let's nip any meal-deterring monsters in the bud.

Today's Assignment (Time Estimate: 5 to 10 minutes):

This is more than a Cooking Cure check-in — taking a few minutes to assess your week is just a good habit to develop. Plans never go as smoothly as you want or expect them to. If you can see the icebergs coming and adjust your plans accordingly, you'll have a much better chance of avoiding the take-out menu or the stress of pulling together a last-minute meal.

  1. Take 5 Minutes to Take Stock: How's your week going? Has anything come up at work or school that might throw a hitch in your plans? Was there some prep work you weren't able to finish over the weekend that is hanging over your head? Is there a recipe you were looking forward to over the weekend that now no longer has appeal? Set a timer for 5 minutes if you need to for this step — it's important that you really take some time to think through the next few days.
  2. Adjust Your Plans: This is the action step! If there's something you need to do to make sure you stay on track with your meal plan this week, now is the time to do it. Pick a different recipe that will be easier to make after your late meeting. Figure out when you can pick up that last ingredient or do the prep for the rest of your lunches. Set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier so that you're sure to have time for breakfast.
  3. Share Your Week! Whether you need some advice on a meal-planning snag or want some company while you prep carrots for tomorrow's soup, let us know! Join us over on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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