The old adage of “You plan to fail if you fail to plan” is true in all aspects of your life- including your health. I don’t believe in diets so this article is geared to those who understand that healthy living is a lifestyle choice. You can’t diet your way to being healthy because your mind hasn’t accepted the “why” of making certain decisions. You’re in a sense just doing what some plan tells you to do. If you don’t believe in the “why” you will revert back to your original habits (and body) after those 30/60/90 days are over.
When you decide to start making healthier consumption (not just food, but also drink) decisions, it becomes evident that those healthier options may not always be available to you. It’s difficult to just run out and grab something healthy to eat. If it’s fast, it’s typically not too good for you. (There are some exceptions but I’m speaking in generalities right now.) For many adults, it’s common to feel too tired or busy to make a meal at the end of the day. If you don’t make a home-cooked dinner, you also can’t have leftovers for the next’s day lunch. So what’s the answer? Prepping your food in advance.
Prepping for the week can seem daunting but is worth the effort. If you take one day that you’re not working (my prep day is Sunday) and plan out your week, you have more success with staying on your healthy living plan. When you prep for the week, don’t forget about your breakfast and snacks. Grabbing a donut or breakfast sandwich from a fast food restaurant are other sneaky ways to knock you off target.
The first step for prepping is to determine what you want to eat throughout the week. After you’ve made that decision, it’s time to start gathering the necessary ingredients. To make it easier, I like to use similar items throughout the meals. I may cook a batch of chicken and a batch of fish and then mix up the sides. The sides can be anything from brown rice to baked/mashed sweet potatoes to veggies. After you’ve cooked the food, you can determine how you want them to go together. You can make a stir fry or a salad or just make a traditional meal out of it. The possibilities are endless so don’t feel that you’re stuck.
Now that you’ve prepared your delicious meals and snacks, you can’t just leave them in the pots and pans. You absolutely HAVE to buy storage containers. Small, large, round, rectangular, compartmentalized, etc. You get the point. You’ll need a variety of them. Just be sure that they are able to go in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Maybe your small square containers with the blue lids have the apples you sliced for snacks and the rectangular green ones have your lunch in it. Having a variety of sizes/shapes allows you to organize the type of meal it is and makes it easier for you to make your selection before you walk out of the door.
In addition to prepping your daytime meals, you can prep your dinners in advance. I would highly suggest an investment in a slow cooker. When you have a slow cooker, you can put your meals in it in the morning and have it done when you return home. There are many sites that offer meal ideas that can be prepped and frozen ahead of time. All that would be needed after you’ve prepped it is to defrost it the night before you plan to use it. Take the time to search the internet to find recipes that fit your palate.
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