I’ve written previously about meal prepping, but as I read it I realized it was more on meal planning than actual meal prepping. When I say meal prepping, I am talking about the food that we are planning on consuming that day or the next. This is such an important aspect of our fitness journey that it cannot be overlooked. If you don’t prep your meals the night before, you are allowing yourself a chance to fail. I say this because it almost allows too much flexibility when we get hungry. If you go to work and didn’t prep a meal you are prone to go to the vending machine, or if your office has a snack bar, or you end up going to a fast food restaurant instead.
To prevent this, you need to prep what you plan to eat the night before. This gives you time to weigh out your food, a very important process, and get it in the containers that you will carry it around with you. I also suggest that you download an app to track your macros. I use the myplate app from Livestrong.com. Here is the link to see it Link to Website. While you are weighing out your food you can enter it into the app and eliminate the guess work associated with macros. This makes it easier to adjust and make sure you are setting yourself up for success the next day. There are a lot of different ways to go about meal prepping
and the internet is loaded with information on it.
Here is a great article on meal prepping and keeping a food journal. THE IMPORTANCE OF A MEAL PLAN AND KEEPING A FOOD JOURNAL
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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.