– Useful tool for time crunched families

After deciding to eat healthy as a family, one of the things that makes it difficult to eat healthy is the planning that goes into it. That is where the website comes handy.

I will get to the details of this website in a minute but before that I would like to explain why planning is necessary. There is a rule of thump in the productivity world that for every  hour you spend, you need to spend 10% of time in planning the work. This way the hour that you work can produce the best results. Using this rule of thump, if you were to spend 10 hours per week putting food on the table which includes the time you spend grocery shopping and cooking then you need to spend at least one hour planning this work to get the best possible outcomes.

The best possible outcomes in this case are eating healthy. If a little bit of planning is going to make this possible then it is worth the time.

There are many ways to plan. You can use pen/paper, or Excel Templates or online tools. grocery cartoonTo me, planning was the biggest chore. After planning then making the list of groceries was also painful. This is where the online tool decreased the pain of planning.

I mentioned in an earlier blog post about my juicing reboot experiments that initially failed and one of the reasons for the failures was the effort it took to plan. I tried to take the easy way out and it did not help. Then I came across this website It has all the features that I wanted. Listed below are some of the features.

  1. Free account creation
  2. Weekly Menu Planner that includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks.
  3. Online recipes that you can pick from to plan your menu
  4. Create your own recipes or pick recipes of your friends
  5. Print your weekly menu planner
  6. Print the grocery list from the menus
  7. App to review your planner or grocery list in case you forget to print it.

As you can see, it is a very nifty tool and it helped me a lot. Before going on my juicing reboot, I painstakingly uploaded all the juicing recipes onto this tool and printed the grocery list. This way I was able to get the vegetables that I needed in the quantity that I needed. It may have been the key to my success in being able to complete the rebbot.

That was couple of years back and I was able to use the same recipes when I did a reboot sw-what-those-popsicles-have-vitamins-probably-maybeagain this year. Now, I am planning to go on a 10-Day Detox Diet that has been prescribed by Mark Hyman in his book, “The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast”. I will enter the recipes and plan out the weekly planner so as to increase my chances of sticking to this 10-day diet.

Even though, I have used this online tool only when I was going on a special diet, it need not be that way. If eating healthy is one of your goals then a weekly menu planner that has online recipes plus a grocery list is something that makes planning easy. Try it out and let me know whether it worked for you.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


About Shakeel Akhtar

I am a husband and a father striving for a balanced life. It is my belief that a balanced life could result in a life of zero regrets. With this mindset, I am blogging on 7 areas of life that I call the 7 colors of the rainbow of life. We are given 168 hours every week to paint our rainbow with these 7 colors and if we are able to do that then there is a chance that we could find our "pot of gold"
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2 Responses to – Useful tool for time crunched families

  1. Jenna says:

    Unfortunately is shutting down NOV 30th 2014.

    A sad day. I know i’m furiously printing recipes.

    • HEATHER says:

      I NEED This website. PLEASE Please Pretty please come back. this is the most amazing website for planning i have ever used

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