I’ve *bean* meaning to make a meal plan…

I’ve been meaning to a make a meal plan for myself for around the same amount of time as I’ve been meaning to finish my palm tree I made from yarn.  It’s been about a year now that I started both of these personal projects.  My palm tree was to fill the awkward blank corner of space in my bedroom and recording my nutritional changes were to take away the lack of discipline I struggle with.

The yarn palm tree with no trunk.

The yarn palm tree with no trunk.

Unfortunately both of these great ideas have been left unaccomplished for far too long.

In the realization of my birthday weight gain, I decided I could do better.  My friends have been so great on myfitnesspal at recording their food and I’m using  them as motivation to start doing it too.

On Sunday night I jotted out a quick meal plan for me to stick to.   It wasn’t too hard to figure out what I wanted to eat since my lack of time requires my meals to be quick to prepare and packed full of as many essential nutrients as possible.  Using my logic I gained from The Four Body, I’m sticking with beans as my staple carbohydrate though I’m not going to beat myself up over eating whole grain bread and the occasional pasta.  I think beans are a great source of not only carbohydrates, but the amount of fiber and protein you get per serving makes it a valuable resource for weight loss.


If you’re eating your beans canned, there is a high chance of them containing a lot of extra sodium.  Some of the nutrition facts I found had over 1,000mg of sodium per one cup!  NOT good.

However, homemade beans where you control the salt content can greatly reduce your sodium.  Home boiled black beans only had 2mg of sodium per one cup.

My favorite beans are the Trader Joe’s organic black beans.  As you can see in the picture, they have a nice amount of protein, fiber, and just enough calories to add an awesome boost to my giant bowls of lettuce and other mixed veggies.  The sodium content is pretty high but I know I’m not getting much sodium anywhere else so I’m not going to worry too much about it now.

So… I realize I totally just went off on beans.  Can you sense my enthusiasm over this loved legume?

Anyway, this week’s meal plan was pretty repetitive each day and was not solely bean based as I had all sorts of carbs like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, cereal, and mac and cheese.

I won’t go into the actual foods I’m eating because you can look at my daily food journal on myfitesspal if you’re interested.

I’ve been proud to see that I’ve been sticking with my plan and have been consistently around 1,600 calories each day by eating a ton of vegetables with around three servings of carbohydrates a day.

I’m down two pounds from my birthday gain and hopefully will have the rest of that weight off soon!!!

Do any of you make meals and/or track your meals?  Do you find you behave better when you do it?

I’ll be back tomorrow with a blog on “keeping fit while vacationing” as Alyssa is WORKING DILIGENTLY on her thesis revival since she GRADUATES with her Master’s degree in  less than a month.  WOOOOOO!


Until then,




5 thoughts on “I’ve *bean* meaning to make a meal plan…

  1. I LOVE my crockpot for cooking dried beans: you don’t have to do anything except pour them in with water and spices, and turn it on! Not only can you make a lot of servings, but it’s easy, and a major money saver! And you control exactly what goes into it. I’m a personal fan of a couple cups pinto beans, 1 onion diced, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and a little salt for flavor. Then cook to death. Refried beans without the oil!

  2. I’m not very good at meal plans but better at just saying, “Here’s the number of calories I need to eat, and I obviously know what I SHOULD be eating so let’s not worry about it.”

    Want a great black bean recipe? It’s easy and fast — a can of TJ’s organic black beans, a cup of frozen corn (or a can, if you like — I think frozen is tastier), a can of chopped or diced tomatoes, mix it up in a saucepan or microwave safe dish. Add some cumin, a couple tablespoons of your favorite barbecue saue and, voila! I use it as a side dish or pour it over rice for a main dish.

  3. Alyssa if youre eating them regularly…they arent so um productive 😉
    April, this is so great!!! Glad everyones feeling motivated and inspired from our MFP group! also, TJ doesnt put preservatives in any of their foods so their solution to that is salt. Theres salt in everything in the store basically.. so other brands *may* have lower sodium. also, rinsing your canned beans can greatly help with that. or cookin em yourself as you mentioned. Get into lentils, cheap and great for all those nutritional things! <3

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