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About 30 million Americans have struggled with eating disorders at some point in their lives. Are you one of them?

Eating disorders come in many forms. It can be difficult to grow and evolve without having the right tools. One of the tools that many people find helpful is meal planning. Not only is this structured approach cost-effective, it can also help you adjust your attitude and behavior around food.

I’m here to talk about how you can start using meal planning as part of your wellness journey. Keep reading to learn more.

One of the best things about meal planning is that it lets you plan an entire week’s food and even cook it all at once (if you choose to). You can prepare for a whole week of meals.

It gives you more structure (which is good for your general mental well-being). Even the process of planning and choosing new recipes can feel therapeutic and even help heal your relationship with food in general.

Avoiding Last-Minute Cooking Anxiety

Have you ever found yourself in the kitchen at dinner time and panicked because you didn’t know what to eat? Sometimes food seems scary when you’re working your eating disorder, and that’s fine. You can overcome this dinner decision paralysis through food planning.

When you’ve planned your meals in advance, you don’t have to think about them before dinner. If you label your meals per day, it’s even easier.

All of your ingredients should be pre-sectioned (or even pre-cooked) so you’re ready to assemble your meal stress-free.

Know what you eat

It’s normal to feel anxious about the foods you eat. People who are beyond their disorders have difficulty with macronutrients and micronutrients and eat an appropriate amount of food throughout the day.

When you plan your meals, you know all of these things in advance. Recipes can give you a nutritional breakdown of your meals so you know you’re getting everything you need to stay healthy.

It’s hard to switch to trying to eat “normally.” By giving you the opportunity to learn nutritious recipes and incorporate them into your meal plans, you also heal your relationship with food as a whole.

Groceries can be a trigger for some people with eating disorders. It’s common for people to feel anxious while walking down the aisles, miss important items, or even buy unhealthy snacks instead of necessary meal ingredients.

When you have a meal plan, you have a list of all the groceries you will need for the whole week. You can quickly browse your shopping route or even order grocery delivery if the thought of shopping in person bothers you.

Use Meal Planning to Combat Your Eating Disorders

Meal planning is a great tool to get over your eating disorder. You can relieve some of your food anxiety and develop a healthier relationship with food as a whole. You can also find and try new nutritious recipes.

Start making a meal plan today.

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