I am a meal planner. It works best for me with having two children two years and younger. I can’t just up and go to the grocery store daily to get food to cook. Well, I guess I could but I am not.
And honestly, my mom brain doesn’t allow me to try and figure out what I’ll be cooking every day.
Meal planning is great for saving time, money and your sanity. But sometimes you just get tired of meal planning. You don’t feel like thinking of another meal. Planning them out or writing down each ingredient you need sounds horrible.
You question whether it is even worth it to meal plan. And honestly just want to throw the towel in.
I’m sure you can relate. This happens to me occasionally. And I have to get myself out of the funk of being burnt out on meal planning.
Being burnt out on meal planning sometimes makes me want to give up on meal planning but I know that is not an option.
When you get burnt out on meal planning you have to take a step away, give yourself a break and get inspired. What inspires you when it comes to meal planning?
Is it the pretty pictures of food? Or being reminded of the foods you love to cook but forgot they even existed? Maybe new meal ideas?
These are the things that will help you when you get burnt out on meal planning.
What to do when you get burnt out
Pick up a cookbook or magazine
Whether you pull a cookbook out of the closet or borrow one from a friend. Buy a new magazine with recipes. Seeing new recipes in magazines and cookbooks can inspire you when it comes to meal planning. And who doesn’t love a new cookbook?
Ask a friend for their Meal Plan
Message a friend who you know that also meal plans and ask for them to send you their meal plan. Or make a post on Facebook for people to share their meal plan. Simply explain you are feeling burnt out on meal planning and I am sure people will be glad to share their own meal plan.
Remember why you meal plan
Do you meal plan to save money, time or your sanity? Or maybe all three. For me, that is why I meal plan. Sometimes you have to remember why you meal plan. When meal planning becomes an annoyance remind yourself of all the hassle it saves you from.
Consider your health goals
If you already meal plan to eat healthier remind yourself of the benefits. But if you don’t already eat healthy try new a new style of meal planning. Whether it is Paleo recipes, Whole30 or whatever it may be. Mix it up.
Do theme nights
Sometimes changing things up is just what we need. Try different themed meals for different nights of the week. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Sandwich Wednesday, crock pot Thursday, homemade pizza Friday, grill Saturday and comfort food Sunday! But you can do it however you want.
Go out to eat. If you are always meal planning and eating at home I get it but going out to eat can help with feeling burnt out. Getting out of the kitchen and not having to cook. Also having different food choices than your everyday normal ones.
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Sometimes it takes getting inspired to get out of the funk of being burnt out on meal planning. Whether it’s from a new cookbook, asking friends what is on their meal plan, theme meal nights or my favorite which is taking a break from the kitchen for a night. You gotta do what you gotta do.
We both know meal planning is what is best but that doesn’t mean we don’t get burnt out time to time.
What do you do when you’re feeling burnt out on meal planning?