Food Friday: Designing a Menu Template

Like most people these days, I have a busy schedule. Consequently, I try to make my life habits as efficient as possible in order to save time where I can.  One of my favorite approaches is having a Menu Template.  By using a template to design my meals, I ensure I have a healthy, varied menu, an appropriate number of calories distributed throughout the day, and I have fewer decisions to agonize over.

So what’s a template? Unlike a Capsule Menu (which I’ll cover at a later date) a template is a general outline of the meal(s) offering guidelines but not specifics. In other words, it doesn’t prescribe an exact meal or recipe but rather lets you select from within certain boundaries.  Here’s an example of my template menu:

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Housekeeping Routines

When I first began my second “career” as a full-time housewife, I wasn’t sure where to start. In the corporate world, routines were already in place and deadlines helped decide my priorities. I did not want to slip into slacker mode and become the stereotypical dowdy bonbon-eating, soap-watching hausfrau.  But where to start? With my “anything worth doing is worth overdoing” approach to life, it would be equally easy for me to become a perfectionist cleaning sink pipes with a toothbrush.

Enter Flylady.

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