You are driving home after a long day of work thinking about what to have for dinner? You have to stop to pick up Joey from soccer practice and you know he is starving and will immediately let you know that upon entering the car. You have food at home but forgot to thaw the chicken this morning plus it’s already 6 o’clock and he has a school project due tomorrow. You stop at a nearby drive-thru and grab something quick to put on the table to just make things easier. Doing this once in a while isn’t a big deal but allowing this to become the norm is where we get in trouble. Let’s face it, as humans, we like the path of least resistance. The downside is this will not always help us to reach our health goals.
How can you make your nutrition be on the path of least resistance? By preparing ahead and having a plan. This is achieved by weekly meal prepping. It doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Let’s look at different ways you can tackle meal prep so you can find what works best for you. Meal prep guarantees there is always nutritious food readily available helping you stay on your plan. It does take a few hours on the front end but saves endless time on the back.
Here is how to get started:
Once you have done all of the above, you are ready to tackle the next step:
Remember the goal is to make your life easier while helping you to stay on track. Here are examples of items to always have on hand as well–pre-washed bags of salads, hard boiled eggs, beef jerky and nuts. You can easily add cooked lean protein to a salad for a quick meal and the rest are great portable snacks to grab on the go.
At first, meal prep may sound complicated and a bit stressful. Just get started, be consistent as always until it becomes a habit. By making this change, you will be surprised by how much time you’ll have during the week for the important things. You will always have food ready that is on your plan. This goes along way in making achieving your goals easier and sustainable for the future.