I think we’ve covered this before… the benefits of meal planning. Let’s nutshell it:
If you’ve thought it out for the week and then taken the time to ensure you have what you need, then you know you’re prepared to cook complete meals and will be full of home-cooked goodness instead of going out to eat (and/or looking for an unhealthy dessert if you only cook half of a meal).
Add to it that when you write it all down and look at the big picture of your eating, you either look at it and know it’s healthy or you realize “Hmmm… something’s gotta change!” and you change it for the better.
It’s just cheaper to eat at home even if you’re eating better quality food.
Even if you consciously decide to eat out somewhere in your meal plan (I do it), that is WAY less stressful than trying to hurriedly decide what to eat, realize you have nothing to prepare at-hand, and then struggle to decide where you can eat out.
You can’t be healthy on auto-pilot. Take the small steps towards a healthier you by doing this simple task. If you didn’t do it over the weekend, do it now–for the rest of the week. Even one full day planned out and prepared for is a lot better than none!