6. It Is Too Much Too Fast - Overwhelming

It feels intimidating to move out of my comfort zone.
— You

With so many meal plans out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. If you feel like you don’t know a lot about cooking it may even feel intimidating to move out of your comfort zone.

The KEY to successful meal planning when you feel overwhelmed is to start small. Just like a baby has to learn to crawl before it can walk, you need to learn to meal plan for one day, before you can plan for a week.

Here are the 3 ways to create a simple weekly meal plan without it feeling overwhelming


Don’t try to do it all at once. Build your confidence up by only planning a few simple meals a week at the beginning (eat what you usually would on the other days - no guilt!). A pre-planned meal planning service may the best option for you to begin with, as the planning will be done for you and you will generally have access to a strong community of like-minded people, and support if you face any difficulties. There are both free and paid versions available out there to help.


Then, when choosing your few meals to plan, keep it simple. Stick with ingredients that you know you like. Stick with cooking styles that you have done before. Keep it familiar.


Finally, don’t be afraid to change the recipes to suit your taste. For example, if a recipe calls for two veggies that you don’t like, or don’t have in, don’t feel like you can’t adjust it. Just switch them up - you may even find a new favourite. As your confidence grows, you can gradually increase your meal planning to suit your needs.