Grocery haul: when I don’t have time to meal plan

Those of you who know me can vouch for my Type A personality; I love to meal plan, make lists, cross of completed tasks…the works. It’s not always a reasonable way to live, as I found out this week.

I often get the question, “So what do I do when I don’t have time to meal plan?” The answer is not in the Arby’s drive-through (dat beef & cheddar, doh). Just wing it. Be confident in your nutrition values. I like to shop according to these basic principals:

– Whole foods, whole foods, whole foods
– Grass-fed, free-range animal products
– Organic, natural, blah blah blah (when I can afford it)
– Relax; anything is better than fast food.

When life gets busy, just do your best. Be gentle with yourself. Trust what you’ve learned during your health journey. There will be weeks when you can be mindful of your macronutrient ratios or choose foods based on more specific nutritional goals, but if this weeks isn’t one of ’em, everything will be okay. You will surprise yourself.

I literally just purged my grocery bags onto my kitchen counter to give you a peek into my unplanned trip to the local co-op market. (Sorry for the bad pic; the lighting was so weird.)

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Few of my faves:

Alvarado Street Bakery’s Sprouted Wheat Bagels. I tend to lean towards a low-carb diet, but I LOVE bagels. I love them so much that I know I’ll be tempted to swing by Panera during a busy week if I don’t plan ahead for my cravings.
– Avocados. I eat guac with EVERYTHING.
– Turmeric root. There are so many reasons to add turmeric to your diet. I’m upping my intake to support my memory & joint health. My favorite way: Steeping turmeric & ginger roots in water + milk + black pepper + cinnamon + vanilla extract.

How do you handle your busiest weeks?

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