More Posts About People and Food

Strategizing ways to avoid complaints about food is my main hobby. My other hobby is avoiding high blood glucose. Toward that, at the beginning of every school year, I get jazzed up about planning meals. This is my latest attempt.


It started out all illustrated-like.

People here brainstormed a list of things they would eat. Then we lovingly designed trading cards for some of the things. Then a smart friend gave me a piece of decorative Japanese paper. This became a meal planning board. It is in one corner of our magnet board.

I like this system because:

  • It is where everyone can see it, so theoretically a person could feel some sense of ownership/control over their mealtime fate (vs. old system/a notebook);
  • It reminds me of what I am doing/what foods are in the house (= less waste);
  • The magnets let me move things around as needed, without scribbling out or making arrows all over a document;
  • I can consult the stack of not-currently-in-use index cards for help remembering what things people said they would eat;
  • I love the piece of Japanese paper and it allows me to look at and/or interact with it regularly.

One magnet = one day. So I can stick a bunch of (or two) cards in one day’s magnet.

As time passes, I’m writing names of more things my people will eat on plain index cards. We don’t have time to color right now. It’s September! If I rip a recipe out of a magazine, I stick it on the board too. The raggedy-ness of the new additions is not soul-crushing, because everything looks nice against the Japanese paper.


Keeping it fancy.

To complete this project, you will need:

Pretty paper (1)

Magnets (7)

Index cards (one pack)


List of things your people will eat


We loved these cream cheese-filled carrot cake muffins (net 4g CHO) and then also these cream cheese-filled carrot cake muffins (I skipped the streusel) which are sweetened with honey (net more g CHO) instead of Swerve, but I still used Swerve in the cream cheese for the centers (net slightly less g CHO).

I’m a fan of the Well Fed books and saw a new one will be released in November and if you pre-order it, it promises to arrive with prizes like a jar of almond butter and a magazine. (I ordered.)

More cookbooks I want to remember to read: Oh She Glows Every Day and Whole Bowls and Great Bowls of Food. I like eating out of bowls.



  1. mumoftype1 · September 19, 2016

    This made me smile! I can totally identify, having so many versions of menu planners on paper and more recently an app called Paprika which lets you import recipes and edit them, also lets you meal plan and do a shopping list. I still have my paper one on the fridge (although sadly not nearly as beautiful as yours) to avoid that ‘What’s for dinner?’ question they minute hungry boys get in from school. Another great read!


  2. Lucia Maya · September 19, 2016

    I have never been organized enough to do meal planning, but have to say how much I LOVE the paper. Wondering where she got it, and what else it could be used for…I always enjoy your writing, whether it’s something I can relate to or not.


  3. Catherine Bardagy Winchild · September 20, 2016

    1. You are truly an artist.
    3. i love this and want!


  4. skchrisman · September 21, 2016

    Always love your illustrations! Wish I had my act together well enough to keep the plan going once I’m in full gear. I always let something big (to me at least) blast me right back into chaos!
    Want a Well Fed book, which do you suggest as first purchase?


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