Planning sets you up for success. Yes, it might take extra time at on the weekend (creating a plan/shopping list and getting to the store) and at night during the week (prepping food for the next day), but it will help prevent chaos and bad choices. I always make my worst decisions, like running through a drive-through on the way home from work, when my stomach is empty and I don’t have a plan for dinner! What I like about the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan is the template it provides, simplifying the seemingly beastly weekly meal planning task.
First the eating plan guide shows you how to calculate the number of calories you need to eat each day. Next there is a reference chart that shows you how many containers of each color you get to enjoy. Here is what my daily container allotment looks like:
I get 3 green veggie containers, 2 purple fruit containers, 4 red protein containers, 2 yellow carbohydrate containers, 1 blue good fat container, 1 orange seeds/21 Day Fix dressings container, and one teaspoon that covers oils and nut/seed butters.
The eating guide suggests you may find yourself getting full before you’ve finished all your daily containers. I can get pretty famished, like “hungry-hungry hippo”-style, so I’m definitely interested in seeing if I get full. I think eating at regular intervals will help me greatly. And if you do happen to find yourself getting full, you don’t have to eat everything. That’s fine. Just don’t skip all containers from one color – vegetables for example – make sure you’re getting all your colors!
Although I’m not too into drinking wine, I’ve been known indulge in a glass or two while watching Disney classics with friends. One of the really cool things about this eating plan is how you can still drink a glass of wine while doing the 21 Day Fix! Live on Disney + wine nights! Yippee skippee! Again it’s about proportions so a 4 oz glass of wine can take the place of one the yellow containers up to 3-times a week. If wine’s not your thing there are also trade-outs for milk (cow, almond, rice, soy, coconut) and juices too.
Here are some example meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from my awesome coach Shel:
How amazing do these meals look! Shel’s pics really convinced me to give this program a chance because I otherwise would have been very concerned about the AMOUNT of food I was getting to eat. This truly looks like plenty of food!
So once you have your container numbers figured out, you just have to pick foods from lists of approved foods for each container and start visualizing meals. The back of the eating plan has some suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to three meals, they also suggest eating two snacks. I’m really into snacking, and approved snacks are greatly appreciated.
Whew. That took a little time but here it is: my first week meal plan! You can click on the chart to enlarge it. You’ll probably notice A LOT of the same stuff. For some people this might be an issue. But I don’t mind eating the same things – especially in this situation where I am learning how to shop and cook for this program. As I get more creative, I’ll post updated weekly meal plans!
Questions of the Day:
- When do you meal plan for the week?
- Do you like lots of variety in meals or could you eat the same things over and over?