Whenever meal prep is mentioned, there is always one response that I get from patients, I don’t have time. Well I have news for you, you do have time. People are always trying to make meal prepping more complicated than it has to be. I get it, not everyone has time to make 3 meals for each day of the week. To counter that, no one wants to eat the same thing for every meal every day either. I am going to give you some tips to make eating healthy easier and set you up for success.
First, get yourself a reusable water bottle that you can easily take everywhere. Weight loss and water consumption go hand and hand. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. If you don’t like the taste of water, add flavor packets to it. Not only does water help with weight loss but it keeps you regular, lubricates your joints, maintains blood pressure, transport nutrients and so much more. So keep your bottle attached to your hip like you do your phone!
Second, keep it simple. Like stated earlier, preparing full meals can be time consuming and unrealistic to keep up with. When you get home from the grocery store prechop your fruits and veggies, so you have easily accessible snacks ready to go. Pre-portion out nuts in individual containers for snacks. Cook your grains and protein in bulk so you have lunch and dinner staples ready to go. Then once it’s time for the meal, you can dress the meal up as you feel for that day. Try different sauces and seasonings to keep your meals interesting. Buy the 18 pack of eggs and boil half of them. Now you have a great breakfast or mid morning protein snack.
Thirdly, get help when you need it. Sometimes prepared/”processed” food from the grocery store can help out greatly! My favorite would be the rotisserie chickens. Remove the skin and take all the meat off the bones the day you buy it. Now you have protein for lunches and dinner for the week. Tuna fish packets,cheese sticks and greek yogurt are also great protein snacks to have on hand.
After reading these tips, I hope you can see that meal prepping does not have to be hard. It’s really all about setting yourself up for success more than anything. Have healthy food in your kitchen and not junk food so that you are not tempted to derail. Bring your lunch to work and avoid the pizza and cupcakes that always manage to show up. Ultimately having discipline and will power is what is going to get you to your weight loss goals. Push yourself and remember why you started in the first place. You got this!