I meal plan so that when I get home from work I don't have to think about what to cook for my daughter. she is almost always hungry after daycare. If I'm not hungry, I don't eat supper, but I have to have something made for her.
I've recently started making a weekday menu again, but I'm another nerd who does it in Excel. So far, I love it! The biggest benefit has been drastically cutting down on food waste while only having to go food shopping once a week. It is also awesome not having to figure out what to cook when I come home from work pooped, and just knowing that all the ingredients will be there. I keep a looser plan on the weekends, because I typically go to the farm market Saturday morning and like the flexibility to build a couple meals around whatever neat stuff I find there.
SpecOps, I haven't found it makes me any more likely to eat when I'm not hungry - in fact, I'll typically skip a couple of the planned meals for various reasons - not hungry, lunch meeting at work, going out to dinner with friends, etc. It is only really a problem if I've already defrosted a nice piece of meat, in which case it is simple enough to reschedule a few meals so I can cook it before it goes bad.
In a more general sense, being able to skip meals was just an effect of going Primal for me. I used to laugh at the advice "only eat when you're hungry," because I was always hungry! Now that I'm not always hungry, skipping a meal once or twice a week just kind of happens. It took a couple months following this way of eating for me to really get my hunger cues sorted out though, so if you're a newbie, I wouldn't worry too much about it yet. And personally, I believe that what you eat is always more important than when you eat it.
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SpecOps: Not sure about other paleo/primal eaters, but since I flipped to eating primal, I'm constantly hungry. I suppose it could be I'm not eating enough fat at each meal, but I eat, then within 1.5 hrs, I'm hungry.
A few years ago I purchased a cookbook from Costco that featured receipes in bulk. Basically each receipe would make 4 meals with 4 servings per meal. The extra's would be frozen in foodsaver bags. It worked out great, as you would make 3 receipes and have about 12-24 meals. The ingredients were layed out so it was a no brainer; only problem is the cookbook was not paleo/primal.
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