‘This review is written by Helena Tosello, a mum to two teenage boys and self proclaimed procrastinator. She is a Supermarket Strategist!’
We have all tried meal planning at one time in our lives. Usually we’re trying to lose weight or introduce a routine for some other reason, such as reducing time, cost or waste. But it often backfires because we are trying to follow someone else’s ideas on what is “right” and this may not work for us, our family or our weekly schedule.
AAPO Accredited Expert Professional Organiser Susanne Thiebe from Less Mess has done the hard work for you by introducing a revolutionary set of Meal Planning Personality® Guides available for purchase and immediate download from her online shop.
Developed by Food Economist, Louise D’Allura from Meal Planning Your Way©, these guides provide an easy way to try meal planning with a greater chance of success by providing guidelines according to your personality. They are easy to implement and tailored to the type of meal planning personality you already have such a strategizing to get the best value for your food dollars or preferring to cook what you feel like eating that day.
Take the quick free online quiz to see if you are an Intuitive, an Enthusiast, a Supermarket Strategist or an Architect:
Intuitive – last minute decisions, cooking what you feel like on the day, food waste
Enthusiast – wants to be organised but life gets in the way, runs out of time, too much takeaway
Supermarket strategist – buys and cooks according to what’s on special, may buy too much
Architect – detailed meal planning is a necessity of life
Each guide explains the main personality profiles and provides a guide to knowing your routine and tailoring your shopping and meal planning to the way that works for your personality. They take you through a step by step process to realise your personality, your routine, create a plan and stick to it.
Practical exercises throughout the guide help you understand why you are constantly stuck when dinner times come around or are running to the shops at the last minute or throwing out the same food items week after week.
Much more than just meal plans, D’Allura’s background in nutrition provides additional valuable information on healthier eating, how to read nutrition labels and avoid additives. Easy to follow steps on decluttering and organising your kitchen, dining space and pantry according to your meal planning personality will allow for more relaxed cooking and eating, and a greater chance at successfully sticking to your plan.
Something I thought would be included is information on food storage and hygiene such as guidelines for how long different foods can be stored in the fridge or freezer, and how best to transport foods for lunches. It would round out the guides as a more comprehensive plan for the household but this type of information is easily found elsewhere in cookbooks and online.
Whether you’ve already worked with Susanne from Less Mess or are not sure where to start, these Meal Planning Personality ® Guides are the obvious next step.