Are you in the market for some easy meal planning ideas?
Planning out your food choices is one of the best tools for your mental health! Why? Well, not because you need to look a certain way, or way a certain amount. But because eating healthy foods can help you manage your anxiety or depression symptoms.
And it’s not something you have to make sure your insurance covers!
In this post, I’m going to share a really simple meal planning guide I came across recently, and introduce you to my friend and nutrition extraordinaire: Bethany Gettis. Keep reading to find out how she can guide you to make healthier choices so that you can feel like the best version of yourself.
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Another disclaimer I want to make for this post is a weight loss disclaimer. My intention for writing this is NOT to tell you that you need to lose weight, or to feed into today’s dangerous diet culture. I am not a doctor, dietician, or nutrition expert. My intent is to share some ways to use nutrition to feel better and make better choices for your body in a healthy way. If you are triggered by the topic of eating and/or meal planning, do not keep reading.
Who is Bethany Gettis?
So, who exactly is Bethany Gettis?
I met her in a Facebook group for bloggers. We’re not in the same exact blogging niche (she writes about nutrition and I write about mental health) but I’m always looking to connect with bloggers who can make my life easier.
I’m a busy mom of two and a half kiddos. My daughters are 5 and 3.5, and we are expecting our final bundle of joy in January. So, I’m tired and love any tips that can make my life as a mom a little less stressful.
One of the areas I really struggle in is the kitchen. To be honest, I hate cooking. With a passion. I’m not bad at it, and when I motivate myself to cook it comes out fine. But I just do not enjoy it.
That’s where Bethany’s wisdom comes in! She is a mom like me, but also really know what she is talking about as far as meal planning ideas and nutrition goes. She was previously a nurse for 5+ years, then went into holistic nutrition and earned a diploma from CSNN in 2010. She is trained to help people use food as tools to better their wellness.
She offers a 6 month meal planning guide that I decided to give a try with my husband. Keep reading to find out more about that!
What her 6 month meal plan entails
I was desperate for meal planning ideas, so when she reached out to me wanting to connect, I was happy to do so. There was a part of me that was a bit intimidated to try something like this, but she makes it really simple. She also offers a lot of great resources and frequent Q&As in her Facebook group.
Basically, how it works is you sign up for the meal plan (I will provide a link at the end of this post for anyone interested) and she sends you an email with a link to the meal planning ideas you asked for.
After clicking the link, it takes you to a simple log-in page. You log-in and that is where you view your:
- Weekly resources
- Monthly resources
- Some handy cheat sheets
In this tab, she gives you a weekly breakdown of meal planning ideas. Plus, she also offers a motivational video for each week!
In this tab, she gives you a helpful list of great resources for “ditching the diet mentality,” as she puts it. (Which I love!) She also gives you your weekly grocery lists and breaks down the meal planning ideas in a simple way.
In this tab, she gives you several downloadable info guides that you can print out and keep handy for daily use!
What I love about her ideas for meal planning
I’m not going to give you all the details about her meal planning ideas, because after all, it’s her job and passion to help you through that. But here are a few things I loved about my experience with her meal plan so far:
- First of all, it was very easy to work into our day to day life. None of the recipes so far take massive amounts of time sweating over a stove.
- They include easy to find ingredients. Nothing you have to go out of the way to a specialty store for. I never had a hard time finding anything.
- It really helped me get out of my “food comfort zone.” I tend to stick to foods that feel comfortable for me, but I ended trying some new things. I was pretty proud of myself!
The meal planning ideas were simple to put together (the hardest part really was cutting up some veggies). And they tasted amazing! They got me basically addicted to brown rice, which is saying something for this junk food lover.
Like I said at the beginning, it felt a bit daunting to undertake this. I wanted to give it my all, because I told her I’d write a blurb on the old blog about it. And I was not disappointed!
4 ideas for meal planning on a budget
Here are some of the tips I’ve found that made the meal planning ideas a little less stressful.
- Meal prep containers really come in handy. Lots of them are dishwasher and microwave safe to make it easier on busy parents.
- If you need the same veggies for different meals, chop a bunch up a few days in advance. This will help you save a little time each day if, like me, you aren’t a super speedy kitchen master. Same goes for cooking rice!
- Make sure you have a good set of cutting boards! If you don’t have these already, they are a great addition to any kitchen.
- Try these meal planning ideas with a friend! Having the support of a friend makes it way easier to meet any goal you set for yourself.
Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by meal planning ideas
It’s okay if you are totally new to the world of meal planning. Bethany makes it really easy to figure out, and also provides tons of support in her exclusive Facebook group.
If this sounds like something you want to try, it gets my seal of approval! You can sign up using the link below. Let me know what your favorite healthy recipes are in the comments, and make sure to share this post on social media using the buttons at the top of the page.
Sign up for your customized meal planning ideas here (My name is Jennifer Van Haitsma, so please use me as a referrer)