“Meal planning.” If you love meal planning, you can probably skip this post. For the rest of us, the words alone make us groan. Meal planning is boring. (Even this picture is boring.) Its a chore, and maybe one we think can avoid. But our food doesn’t magically appear. And we gotta eat. And we want to feel good.
So let’s call it something else: food finding.
When I say “I need to find some food for me this week,” that feels different than “I need a meal plan.” Everyone has to find something to eat. But rebranding this activity as “food finding,” to me, implies curiosity. What do I want to eat? What are my options? Finding food, unlike “planning,” is flexible. I can be successful at “finding” no matter what funny bounce the day takes. It’s more personal and less monotonous. And it leaves the door open to have a little fun. I can make the hunt for lunch a little adventurous. But even if I don’t, I’m “finding” something, which is always intentional.
Instead being discouraged by other people’s meal planning prowess, think about it differently. We are all responsible for choosing our food, but it’s also a great opportunity—and the freedom—to win on our own terms.