The answer is yes! And the estimate is fascinating. [...says Jake as Katie snores...] If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that a spreadsheet is about to appear. And so we begin, with three sets of columns: one each for supper, breakfast, and lunch.
|On a similar note, if we want to keep on our current diet, we'll need to grow another batch of chickens and catch one large deer and a quarter of a pig. (Or raise one deer and catch a flock of wild chickens. But we don't have space to raise both!)|
|All things considered, it's a pretty balanced diet, not too far from Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate. We're a little heavier on the veggies, but hey! Maybe we'll end up being a very localized blue zone.|
It's important to keep in mind that these numbers are just guidelines; we're not locking ourselves into a whole year of rigidly following recipes. We substitute veggies and meats in and out of a recipe like a Wall Street bankster swaps stocks (although we hope none of our meals would be considered subprime or toxic assets). But it's nice to have a set of go-to dishes we can pick from and toss together from stuff in the fridge or pantry if we've already spent our creative energy for the day and still need to make supper. Whatchagotamology at its finest!
We won't vouch for the user friendliness of the spreadsheet, but if you want to play around with it, you can download it here. Suggestions welcome!
Do you make meal plans? What's your planning strategy? Let us know in the comments section below!