RULE: Meal Plan

We all know that “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”.  (This was one of my medical school professor’s cheesey catch phrases). While true at exam time, I think it’s applicable with our eating habits and meal preparation.  If it’s 6 pm and nothing is in the fridge, we can pick up chicken parts in a bucket, have pizza delivered and ice cream cakes uber-ed.

When you haven’t shopped and meal prepped ahead of time, it’s easy to slip in to convince, cheap, fast food.  Which is tough on the bod and the pant size.

So pick a day when you can pre-make so stuff to store in the fridge. That way when the tummy grumbles, you’ll have delicious dishes to nosh on.

One of my FAVE meal plan strategies is to buy a bag of arugula or spinach and a rotisserie chicken. Below is the week’s meal plan for 1-2 people, but adjust you number of birds to the number of peeps and their appetites!

Day 1: Serve 1-2 chicken legs and brown rice on bed of green (spinach/arugula).

Day 2: Make a salad with favorite veggies (onions, mushrooms, and avocados) and pulled chicken.  Arugula, Bean and Avocado Salad

Day 3: Make yummy tostadas! Chicken, cheese, arugula and salsa in a toaster over. Easy-peesy!tostadas

Day 4: 1/2-1 Chicken breast in a bowl with rice, arugula and salsa

Day 5: Make Chicken Pot Pie: Make your own dough or Trader Joe’s it. Grease a pie pan. Add what’s left of your chicken (really strip that carcass!), 1 can of split pea soup, 2 tsp tarragon, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper and 3 dashes of sea salt. Slit the top of your pie and bake for 25-30 minutes at 375. Let cool for 20 minutes. Freeze what you don’t eat!chicken-pot-pie

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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