I want to stress how important it is to be prepared when it comes to your meals. Life is busier and more expensive than ever and very few are fortunate enough to have a parent at home, surviving on one income.
Because we lack the time, we throw something together that ends up being less healthy. By prepping at least some of our meals ahead of time we save the guilt we feel when we pull the frozen pizza out of the freezer, but more importantly we set ourselves up for long-term success and weight loss.
Did you know that we make over 200 food related decisions each day on top of every other decision we need to make in a day? This is why at the end of a long stressful day, when we are tired and hungry, we have little will-power left to make good food choices. This is one of the reasons we tend to binge at night when we had done so well all day. Food prep helps because we know we have a healthy meal waiting in the fridge or freezer that just needs to be cooked or reheated.
So how does one go about meal prepping? Here are 4 steps to help navigate this new world. It will take some time for this to become a habit but by sticking with it, it will get easier and it brings so much more freedom.
1. Pick a day ahead of time:
It’s important to have this in your schedule. If you leave it to chance, or say “I’ll prep when I have time”, it could affect your success. Sundays work best for most people, but you can decide which day will fit with your schedule. Once you have picked your day and time, keep it. Often times we allow other things to creep into the time we have blocked off for important activities. Make this a priority.
2. Determine the number of days you are prepping for
Are you prepping for the entire week or just the next few days? Deciding this will help you determine how much time you will need and how much to buy. Maybe you feel taking one day every two weeks is best and you go to town and cook all day. Maybe the best practice for you is to just prep for the next day. Whatever you decide just make sure it works for you, so that you can be successful.
3. Plan your meals
Now that you have time set aside and you know how many meals you are prepping, you need to decide what you are making. Only once you have planned your meals will you know what to buy. Make your list and get to the grocery store the day before so that everything is ready to go.
Are you adding snacks too? Having ready-made healthy snacks is key to being successful with any weight loss plan. Choose things that will pack well for those on-the-go days when you are busy driving kids here, there and everywhere. This trick will prevent those visits to the drive through when your kids are screaming from hunger.
4. Keep it simple
It’s important to choose meals that are fairly easy to make. You may get overwhelmed if it’s too complicated and tedious. Quick and simple is the motto here so you get the most prepped in the least amount of time.
Feel ready? Now go, get started and see the difference this will make.
Here is video 1 to show you how I get set up to batch cook:
Here is video 2 where I reveal everything that I made.