Another aspect of an organized life, is keeping your diet habits organized and consistent! There are several aspects and simple tasks you can do to make this very successful in your daily life and routine.
Diets: Your Way of Eating Daily
I’m not necessarily addressing a weight loss diet here; but a diet in the way that what and how you choose to eat daily…is your diet. Many people have a “normal” diet. Some choose to eat vegetarian, Mediterranean, Paleo, Keto, or many others. But, they make these their daily lifestyle, not always just a diet for weight loss. There are various reasons people choose a variety of diets, such as:
- Food Preference
- Health/fighting disease
- Weight control
- Ethical beliefs
Once you know what type of diet you want to practice using in your daily lifestyle, you can get organized!
The first step is to find appropriate recipes that you think sound delicious and fun to make! Cookbooks are excellent for new recipes, but in our modern day world, everything is at our fingertips! Recipes are readily available at countless amounts of websites. Also, there are numerous cooking shows, channels and competitions to gather ideas and recipes from. Hopefully, you have some favorite recipes from your childhood as well!
Second, you need to make a shopping list! Alongside the recipes you will be making, create your grocery shopping list of all the ingredients you will need. If you go to the grocery store once per week, every other week, or try to make it once per month; you’ll need enough recipes (and groceries) to last that long. Do remember that you will oftentimes have enough of a meal created for some leftovers! We love leftovers at our house, but you can always freeze certain meals right away, to eat at a later time, if you either want to make something new the following evening, or you just don’t want the same thing two tines in a row. Leftovers are also wonderful for lunch the next day!
Grocery Lists Are Vital!
Making and keeping an ongoing grocery list is a very vital part of keeping your diet habits organized. It also helps the household run more smoothly, as you plan trips to the store. Which, in addition, helps save money in the monthly budget; with fewer trips to the grocery store! Daily grocery runs really do add to the monthly bills, as we all tend to pick up an extra thing here or there, each time we enter the store.
Keeping a running grocery shopping list will keep you on task! Be sure to post it somewhere VERY accessible in your kitchen. We keep ours on the side of the refrigerator. It is the type with a magnet on the back, and the lists just rip off. I personally always have the first two pages going. The top is for regular grocery shopping, and the second page is my Costco list.
I oftentimes have the lower portion of my grocery list for “extra” items. Things such as: printer ink, towels. Glasses, etc. Things I don’t generally purchase at the grocery store. Though, there are several nice variety type stores that are more one-stop shopping!
One very important aspect of the grocery list, and keeping it organized, is to always pay attention to your food and pantry items as they are used. In addition to creating your needed list from the recipes you’ve chosen for the week, you need to continually be adding items to the list, as they are used and need to be replenished. Try to pay attention to levels of your food items, so you are replenishing them before they run out completely!
Stay Well Stocked On Basics
It’s important to always keep your essentials and staples in stock. The basics for each household will vary a bit, but each home generally has the “basics” of their daily diet. Some people can’t, or choose not to, eat gluten, dairy, etc., but in general the staples of a home will be:
- Milk, eggs, butter
- Flour, sugar, salt & pepper
- Baking soda, baking powder, spices
- Bread, tortillas
- Peanut butter, jam, mayonnaise
- Soy sauce, ketchup, mustard
- Pickles and olives
- Fresh vegetables (lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots)
- Fresh fruit (apples, bananas)
- Lunch meat (turkey, ham or roast beef)
The staples in the pantry will look a little different:
- Cereal (granola, Cream of Wheat, etc.)
- Tree nuts and peanuts
- Rice, grains, dry pasta (spaghetti, elbow macaroni, etc.)
- Baking supplies (brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips)
- Canned goods (soup, green chilies, olives, pumpkin, cranberries)
The freezer should have meats in it, but not be too over stocked. You want everything accessible and easy to locate. Be sure to keep a good inventory of the freezer, and rotate the stock from back to front to avoid food aging and getting freezer burnt!
I also like to keep a couple of frozen vegetables on hand. A good deal may have frozen fruit as well, if you enjoy smoothies and such.
We make our own bread as much as possible, but if you don’t, it’s nice to keep a loaf or two in the freezer, to avoid frequent grocery runs. English muffins and bagels also freeze well and can be thawed out as needed. Butter freezes great!
As I mentioned; every household has unique needs and desires for their diet, but hopefully these are a few guidelines to help you get started in keeping your daily diet organized!
If you have and questions or comments, please let me know and comment below! Do you always shop from a list?
Enjoy Your Organized Life!