Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prep- Part 2, Benefits & Tips

 

  How many times times have I been guilty of consistently making poor food choices? So many times, You’ve lost count. Let’s just say, if I had a dollar every time I’ve consistently made poor food choices, I’d probably be rich. Have you ever asked yourself that question?

If flab or abs are made in the kitchen than I’d have to learn to make better food choices. It is very hard to break bad habits, especially sweet habits. Occasionally, I still make poor choices, but I don’t stay there. The kitchen is the place where you prepare food that can have a negative or positive effect on your body. Meal prepping is the tool that helps not only with healthy eating but allows you to control what you put in your body, especially if you have an allergy or sensitivity  which can be detrimental to your health. Meal Prepping has several advantages and benefits.

Benefit of meal prepping in ONE word:

Savings:  One word, comes to mind to summarize the benefits of meal prepping, savings.  Who doesn’t like savings? Meal prepping saves you, money, time, and calories. Cooking and planning your meals ahead of time, saves on impulse buys, eating too many calories, and time cooking every day. Have you ever went unprepared to the grocery store and got home only to realize you don’t have any ingredients for a full meal. I have done this several times and only sabotaged myself. Meal prepping can prevent over eating and save calories, thus causing weight loss.  Heck, it also can save your energy preventing that dreaded crash from eating junk food. So why not meal prep?

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Meal I made and started eating before taking a picture, sorry!

You know the benefits, so I’ve included some tips of the trade to help you get started.

Tips of the Trade:

  1. Keep it simple, this isn’t the time to find your inner Julia Childs.
  2. Season, season, season and go low sodium.
  3. Buy in bulk if possible.
  4. Use containers, they are your friends.
  5. Weigh your food.
  6. Plan for the week, make a list, and execute it.
  7. Be prepared for a disruption to your feeding schedule, incorporate some grab and go filling choices.
  8. Eat 5-6 meals a day.
  9. Find what works best for you.
  10. Try to use the same meat in multiple dishes. ( Example: prepare  ground turkey for tacos, meatloaf, and spaghetti squash spaghetti.)
  11. Free extra food to eat later.
  12. Crockpot invest in one.

There is no time like the present to invest in yourself, start meal prepping today.

 

 

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