So many people struggle with maintaining a healthy diet because they think they can balance it on the fly. While I’m not saying that it is impossible, It definitely makes it more challenging. I personally do all my grocery shopping on Saturday so I can prep on Sundays. Here are some things that I do to make sure I follow my diet during the work week.
- Build a menu – This can be done throughout the week or on Friday night. The important thing here is that you know what you want to eat for the coming week so you will know what to add to your grocery list.
- Make a grocery list – This is pretty self-explanatory, but make a list and stick to it. This helps you avoid impulse buys (even though Oreos will still call your name.
- Shop early on Saturday – This serves two purposes. The first is that the store is typically less crowded and the produce better stocked, but it also allows you to get it out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of your day doing what you want.
- Prep only the proteins – The biggest complaint I get from people is that prepped food doesn’t taste as good after it’s been reheated. I personally tend to agree on some levels and that is why I only do proteins. I cook my steaks, chicken or pork and then put them in gallon storage bags in the fridge. Yams and veggies I do no sooner than the night before I am going to eat them.
- Now to contradict myself – I will make a decent sized pot of brown rice on some weeks and put it in Tupperware in the fridge to add to some of my meals.
- Experiment and have fun – There are so many websites and blogs out there that have amazing healthy recipes. Look around, one of my favorites is http://www.fitmencook.com
Well there you have it, some down and dirty tips to meal prepping. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about nutrition, diet, exercise or supplementation. I’m here to help you reach your goals. Also, if you have any tips please add them in the comments.