If you have been following us on Instagram or Twitter, you may have noticed that we published a Meal Planner and it is now available on Amazon.
Why Use A Meal Planner?
Gratitude journaling, food journaling, meal planning, etc. are exercises in mindfulness. These reflective exercises have been shown in research studies to be helpful in achieving wellness goals.
Basically, it seems you are more likely to be able to achieve desired changes if you are paying close attention to what you eat, and it makes a lot of sense to use a planner or a journal to keep track.
Journaling can be done on a blank piece of paper, however, I decided I wanted to try it with an attractive meal planner design as I thought this would motivation me to use it more consistently.
My efforts to find one were unsuccessful. Most versions I came across were simply too small and their structure didn’t allow room to list all of the meal components. The thing is, that if you want to make improvements, you need to be able to look back at details.
This is why I was motivated to create a meal planner with a spacious flexible design.
Because such planer didn’t exist, my plan from the beginning was to self-publish and make it available to others.
If you are interested, you can check our Meal Planner Product Page
I hesitated to get started on this project because I couldn’t resolve in my head what I could use as the artwork for the cover. Drawing and illustration are not my forte.
This was paralyzing until I realized that I could use a photo. “Hello, why does it have to be an illustration”?
I knew right away which picture I would use, I remembered taking it. I thought this little tomato from my home garden was so, so cute.
I played around with Photoshop, first to figure out what the options were, then to manipulate the program functions to transform the photo.
After I had the cover image, the rest was less complicated. Video tutorials helped to answer some questions, but the design I chose is pretty straight forward. The main thing was having a flexible format with inviting and spacious pages.
I have been semi active on Social Media, but due to personal reasons I have been unable to post to the food blog in a long while.
But learning and practicing a few skills in small chunks of time is something I felt I could do, and this is how I created this meal planner.
It was an interesting challenge and I am pretty pleased with the results.
I will eventually get on a more consistent blog posting schedule, in the meantime, Subscribe to see what I might publish next. For sure, a Spanish version of the Meal Planner will soon be available.
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I just wanted to share that on my trip to South Korea earlier this year, I bought this thin glass water pitcher similar to one that was being used at restaurants to serve water.
I hadn’t previously seen one this thin. I loved it and decided to look for another one like it, but I couldn’t find one.
I didn’t give up. After further research (a lot actually), I found a product that I think is even better, and I ordered two of them.
It solves so many problems for me. I don’t like refrigerated water, I have never wanted to deal with a large water dispenser, and I don’t want to continue to pollute the world with small water bottles for home use.
I transitioned to the gallon water jugs, which still pollute, but I convinced myself that I’m making a little difference.
I needed the small pitchers because the gallon containers sill presented a problem. I had to lift the gallon jug every time I wanted a cup of water.
It is so much easier to fill the thin pitchers which have lids, and which can be permanently left on the counter (rinsed every few days of course).
The two new ones are smaller than the plastic ones I was using, but smaller is what I was looking for (picture of them still in a box here.
The shape is great, and I haven’t even talked about other great features. I’ll let you check those out from the product description.