Meal prepping always sounds like a great idea, but then it often falls through and the next thing you know you’re rushed and you eat a burger. How does this happen? What gives? And how do you set yourself up for REAL success?
Most people jump right into the what they think will help them accomplish their goal. They want to eat healthier and meal prep consistently, so they run to the store, grab and bunch of food and expect everything to go smoothly. Where do you start and how do you set yourself up for success?
Things to do before jumping into it
It is imperative to ask yourself why you want to execute the plan that’s in your head. If you want to meal prep to be healthier what are your deep down goals? Do you want to feel better? Feel more confident? Spend less money? You can’t get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you’re at currently. Journaling is a great tool to write down your goals and why you want to complete them.
Here are two examples:
- “I would like to start meal prepping so that I can spend less money. If I spend less money eating out I know I can put this money more towards doing things I enjoy such as going out to the movies or I would like to save up for a trip I want to take. I feel going to the movies with friends and going on a long desired trip would enrich my life more than eating out a few times (I don’t even feel great after eating those huge restaurant portions anyway!)”
- “I want to start meal prepping to control what I eat and how its prepared. I’ve noticed certain foods make my stomach hurt, give me acne, or are putting me at an undesired weight. I want to feel confident in my skin!”
You do not want to jump into a routine that is restrictive and will make you miserable. What changes can you make that are sustainable? And remember, sustainable means you enjoy doing it and it’s not all suffering, because who wants to suffer and fuss over what they eat all the time? Make a decision on what goals are realistic for you and stick to it.
Preparation is key! Here are some tips to set yourself up for success when meal prepping:
Prep your breakfast the night before
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Overnight oats: This is super easy to make the night before, and delicious! Check out this link for some ideas!
- High protein and vegetable medelies.
- Pack a lunch with portion control. They even sell plastic containers with sections! Pack something you can heat up if you have access to a microwave or pack something that is ready to eat like a salad.
- Invest in a slow cooker/CrockPot: This allows you to throw some things into a pot in the morning and come back a few hours later with a delicious meal. Another bonus is that a slow cooker allows you to make a large amount, so you could make food for the week!
- Don't forget the snacks! With snacks, you can keep your blood sugar stable and therefore avoid cravings or over eating. Have you ever been just a little hungry, didn’t have anything to eat then when you got home you ate way too much? This is the perfect solution for that! Try mixed nuts, fruit, avocado, etc!
- Mason Jar Meals are in! The mason jar has the bonus of being well sealed and it allows for variety. Some ideas are: Almond Milk and Honey Porridge, Steak Burritto, Tropical Srirache Chicken Salad. You'll be the envy of the office!
- Freeze leftovers for the future: Don't be afraid of the freezer! Another key to meal prepping is knowing what you can freeze so that you don’t waste any food and you have meals prepped for an emergency. Imagine not having anything in the frigdge but then knowing you have a beautiful hardy meal in the freezer waiting for you. A back up plan is always a good idea.
Schedule your workouts
Adding in an exercise routine in tandem with a healthy food plan will definitely accelerate your goals. Much like you schedule a meeting with your boss, put your workouts on your calendar and hold to it like an important business meating! You will be much more likely to stick to it when it’s in writing.
Lay out your clothes the night before
This is another tip to make your workout that much easier to go through with. If you have everything you need and ready, it reduces the hassle or excuses of why you can’t do something.