The 411 on Meal Planning
If you're anything like me, the thought of meal planning sends you into a tailspin of overwhelm. What should I make? How much will it cost? Will my family even eat it? I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be that complicated. In fact, once you get the hang of it, meal planning can be downright fun! Here's everything you need to know to get started.

Why Bother with Meal Planning?
I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "fail to plan and you plan to fail." And when it comes to chronic migraines, that couldn't be more true. A migraine diet is crucial for keeping those monster headaches at bay. But for a lot of us, the thought of planning out every single meal is just too daunting. That's where meal planning comes in. By taking some time each week to map out what you'll be eating, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy—not to mention money—in the long run.

How to Get Started with Meal Planning
The first step is to sit down and take a good hard look at your schedule. When do you have time to cook? On weeknights after work? On weekends? Once you have a general idea of when you'll be cooking, you can start thinking about what kinds of dishes you want to make. Do you want something easy and quick? Or are you in the mood for something more elaborate? Once you've decided on a few recipes, make a list of all the ingredients you'll need. Then hit the grocery store!

Once you have all your ingredients, it's time to start cooking. This is where things can get a little tricky if you're not used to meal planning. For example, let's say you're making chicken Parmesan for dinner on Monday night. You'll need to start by cooking the chicken, which will take about 30 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, you can start boiling the pasta and prepping the vegetables for your side dish. Then, once everything is cooked and plated, voila! Dinner is served. 

The key to successful meal planning is figuring out how to use your time wisely. That might mean starting with recipes that only have a few steps or ones that can be made ahead of time. It might also mean batch cooking certain items so that they're ready to go for future meals. Whatever works for you! The important thing is that you find a system that works and stick with it. Trust me, your migraines will thank you. 

Meal planning might seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it's worth it—especially if you suffer from chronic migraines like I have in the past. By taking some time each week to plan out your meals, you can save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. Plus, having all your meals mapped out ahead of time takes away some of the stress of trying to figure out what to make each night. So give it a try! You might just find that you enjoy it!

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