You don’t have to go off your diet or healthy eating when you plan ahead. And this is helpful whether you’re working or taking a vacation. We’ve talked about this before as an excuse, but we’re adding some helpful suggestions that you can incorporate into your busy schedule. Recently we scheduled a week at the beach but knew we would have to stay on plan and walk a lot so what did we do? We planned ahead and made some meals that we took in our cooler. Yes, it took several hours the day before we left, but the results were worth it, and I might add, we totally enjoyed having the heat-n-eat meals for lunch and dinner. We didn’t have to add to our expenses by going out to eat which could tempt us to eat what we shouldn’t. So, when you’ve got a trip planned, and if you have a kitchen available where you’re headed, figure out what you will eat before you leave. Once you have that set, you can get the food items you need and prepare them ahead of time. Remember, you can always freeze what you are making and take it frozen, then just defrost, heat, and enjoy a quick an easy meal while enjoying new surroundings…maybe even at the beach. It’s just a matter of doing the prep work. (By the way, we took a pot of ground turkey chili with organic kidney and black beans, some steamed broccoli florets, kale, zucchini, celery, green beans, and seasoned ground turkey to add to some Trader Joe’s Vegetable Broth for a healthy soup).