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Simplifying Meal Planning with AI: A Guide for Busy Moms

As a mom, you're no stranger to the chaos and constant juggling act that comes with motherhood. Many of us live in a state of constant overwhelm with the staggering amount of tasks we need to complete in a day.

There are different ways to approach managing overwhelm. I help mothers from an internal approach (increases capacity through improved brain and body health) and also through a functional approach - eliminating, delegating but also automating and streamlining tasks.

Creating systems to automate, streamline and simplify repetitive tasks can be an incredible help to overwhelmed parents. It’s about creating an organized approach that simplifies a series of tasks or activities to help you achieve a specific goal with greater ease and efficiency.

Let’s use meal planning as an example.

Meal planning, while essential and inevitable, can feel like a daunting task, especially when you're already stretched thin. And it’s constant! One way to significantly reduce the mental load of managing food in the household is by creating a system that works for your family.

For example - coming up with a weekly meal plan once a week. Or creating a four week meal rotation. Or creating a theme for each day of the week and rotating through different recipes.

One tool that we have available is AI (Artificial Intelligence), which can lend a helping hand in simplifying this part of your life.

Let’s explore some simple ideas around how you can harness the power of AI, specifically ChatGPT, to streamline meal planning and create systems that bring more ease and efficiency into daily routines.

What is AI and ChatGPT:

Artificial Intelligence refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think and learn like humans. ChatGPT, powered by OpenAI, is a model that can generate human-like text and can answer an incredibly diverse amount of questions.

AI-Powered Recipe Suggestions:

One of the ways AI can assist in meal planning is by providing personalized recipe suggestions. ChatGPT can take into account your dietary preferences, restrictions, and the ingredients you have on hand to offer creative and tailored meal ideas. This feature is a game-changer for moms who often find themselves staring into the fridge, wondering what to cook.

For example: If I type into AI “what are some meal ideas for dinner that are gluten free, take less than 30 minutes to cook and include tomatoes and chicken thighs?” It generated 8 different ideas to give inspiration and ideas.

Meal Prep Organization:

ChatGPT can also help create a system for meal prep organization. For busy moms, a well-structured system can be a lifesaver. You can ask ChatGPT to generate a weekly meal plan, complete with a categorized shopping list to ensure you have all the ingredients you need for the week. This kind of structure saves time and reduces the stress of last-minute grocery store dashes.

Cooking Tips and Hacks:

AI can also serve as your virtual cooking assistant. ChatGPT can provide cooking tips, hacks, and answer questions you might have while preparing a meal. Whether it's the ideal cooking time for a piece of chicken or a quick substitution for missing ingredients, having a virtual culinary expert at your fingertips can make the cooking process smoother and more enjoyable.

Time-Saving Recipes:

As a mom, time is a precious resource. AI can help identify quick and easy recipes that fit your schedule. ChatGPT can suggest meals that can be prepared in under 30 minutes or offer one-pot recipes that minimize cleanup, which is a win for any busy household.

Building Your Systems:

Start thinking about how you can use systems to simplify your own life. Reflect on your daily life as a mother with young children. What tasks or activities could benefit from a system? Whether it's creating a family calendar or organizing your weekly cleaning routine, systems can significantly reduce your mental load.

What systems have you implemented in your life to make things easier and more enjoyable? Hit reply and share your experiences and insights I'd love to hear from you.



Your Dietitian Doula

P.S. - Want to learn more about working with me? Check out my group coaching program HERE or hit reply and we can talk about what support you are looking for.


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