Food prep only has to be this huge production if you want it to be.
If you are like me and don’t like huge productions, or eating food that was prepared too many days ago, tackling just a few things will still set you up for success!
Since my husband usually handles dinner, which becomes lunches, I really only need to focus on the food I start my day with (because when I start it with the right foods, the rest of the day flows… when I don’t, my sugars are all over the place and as a result, my mood is too 😉)
This morning I focused on my fruits, steel cut oats with pomegranates or blueberries, and hard boiled eggs. When you pair that with bananas and other stuff that’s already good to go, you are golden.
And don’t tell me you don’t have an hour – you do 😉
If you BUY good food…
And you PREPARE good food…
You will EAT good food.
Not ALWAYS. But it will become the RULE, not the EXCEPTION. And that’s what you are going for.
If you bring in junk, that’s what you’ll eat.
Stock your home with good food, because that’s your fuel!
Here I have 5 breakfasts, because starting my day on track helps me keep the rest of the day on track! 2 servings of Farina with green apple, walnuts and cinnamon, and 3 servings of Bob’s Steel Cut Oats with Cinnamon, which I will top with blueberries!
It didn’t take long, and it was worth it!
Mmmm, meal prep is a touch more palatable when it’s dreary out… it’s easier to do when it’s not cutting into pool/beach/summer activities, I’m just saying…
Feels good to set myself up for a successful week as we enter week 2 of this new program!
What are you doing today?
I have known for a while how important meal prep is, but it is extra apparent how necessary it is while I am on the Reset – there is no way you can wing this kind of program and not run yourself ragged (effectively defeating the purpose of the Reset anyways!)
I have found doing it in batches works best, as I don’t like to eat food that was prepared a week prior. I do a big Sunday prep, and then a Wednesday night prep, and I do weekend meals as I go (unless I have plans) because weekends are a little easier to be able to cook fresh!
There is something very satisfying about knowing your food is all set, you have healthy stuff to reach for, and you don’t have to run around trying to figure it all out the day of.
One of the things I prepped this weekend was this delicious roasted root medley – carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and beets. Seasoned to perfection and so tasty!
Do you prep your food?
I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t show my gratitude and appreciation for this guy right here, for just being him and being amazing every day, but also today he spent hours helping me food prep for my next adventure that begins tomorrow – the Ultimate Reset!
Some people have spouses they need to beg to help them, I have one that steps in voluntarily to help me, to support me (and let’s be honest – to check me and keep me from being completely overwhelmed!) and I am SUPER lucky to have that and I know it! Thank you babe – love you!
I am prepped, packed, and ready to take on the Challenge – yes, I am a little nervous (but that’s normal!) but I am EXCITED and empowered, because I KNOW this is what my internal system NEEDS!
Does your spouse help with meal prep?
Meal prep Monday! I don’t prepare whole meals, but I make sure my breakfasts and my snacks are taken care of – those are important. Our lunches the next day are from the night before’s dinner, and we are the type to pick dinner based on our craving at the time.
But still, getting my preworkouts, my snacks, and my breakfasts ready is a huge step towards staying in line with my goals.
Be willing to take the 30-60 minutes to set yourself up for the week. It is these seemingly small gestures/actions that will have the greatest impact on how your week goes!
And before you protest – tough love time – you DO have the time to do this. When you know you are worth the effort – and you ARE – you MAKE the time!
What do you use to store your prepared food? I use predominantly glass containers, and not only is that better for you (and the environment), but they are easier to clean since foods won’t molt or melt on! Win!
Coming from from a vacation is always a mad dash to get things in order, and keep on track without veering too far off course, and prepping and getting back in the game is critical, or else that “vacation mindset” might overstay it’s welcome!
An effective meal planning tip is to prep what you can as soon as you get home from the store! Wash and dry your lettuce, chop onions, roast vegetables. Chop veggies and fruits for easy access. Stack up glass containers of prepped ingredients in the refrigerator and then bask in the awesomeness of having nutritious stuff ready to grab! You are awesome! 🙂
It’s best to get it all done while your motivation is there (and before the ingredients get pushed back from your sight!), and having it done really will help you feel good!
Ahhhh… the egg. So versatile. So tasty! This is a great way to prepare breakfast for almost a whole week! And since we all know how food prep and getting things ready to grab is key, this is perfect!
Also 21 Day Fix-friendly for those of you following that meal plan! 🙂