Failing to plan is…
you know the rest. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but meal prep is so beneficial to a fully functioning healthy lifestyle and there is simply no way around it. I’m not saying that you can’t be spontaneous with your meals and find healthy options on the go. However, if you do have a specific goal in mind (whether it is fat loss, or drinking more water for glowing skin & healthy hair, or dropping some pounds, or building up muscle etc.) you have to make a plan to get there.
Case in point, moi. I’ve had fitness goals in mind, but I wasn’t planning enough and it just made things more difficult. Remember my previous post about cheat meals/days/week(end)s? Well, the main reason for all of my cheating was due to poor preparation. I neglected going to the grocery store and loading up on healthy goodies. I got lazy with cooking in bulk on the weekends. The list goes on and on. One thing that I know for sure is that meal prep makes things so much easier!
Here Are My Top Meal Prep Tips:
1. Go to the grocery store once a week or whenever necessary in order to re-stock what you are running out of.
2. Before going to the grocery store, have a plan for what you want to eat for the week. Take each meal into account (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) so that when you get to the store, you aren’t walking around aimlessly. You can get in and get out! Personally, I don’t like grocery shopping at all so this is essential for me.
2. Cook up a storm one day during the weekend (or whenever you have down time in your schedule) when you are well rested and not famished. From my experience, it’s pretty exhausting and tortuous when cooking on an empty stomach…and you might end up consuming lots of the food that you meant to save for the week!
3. Invest in some great Tupperware, zip lock bags, and a handy lunch bag that can carry your healthy eats on the go. I typically just pack my lunch and snacks for the day. I usually make a quick breakfast in the AM and if I plan correctly, dinner is either waiting in the fridge to be warmed up or it’s something I can cook quickly.
4. Don’t forget to carry water with you! Everywhere. Get some kind of water bottle that’s portable.
Also, if you’re curious about what is on my grocery list these days, I’ll have a post about that soon . Happy Prepping! 🙂