|Posted on August 15, 2019 at 12:15 AM|
One of the best things you can do to set yourself up for success on this program is a bit of food-prep each week! I came across an awesome blog post with some great beginner tips for you to get started on your food-prep journey! I especially love #3!!!
1) Don’t try to prep it all!
First and foremost, when starting out, don’t try and make ahead your entire weekly menu plan. This will completely overwhelm you. Start slow. The first week prep 1 or 2 recipes ahead of time and as you get comfortable with the process you can prep more.
2) Choose which recipe(s), if made ahead of time, would make the biggest difference in your week!
This is huge! If you are short on time or don’t have the energy to prepare a lot of food then prioritize your meals. Which recipe, if made ahead of time, is going to make your week easier? If dinnertime brings you the most stress then put together some meal starters or prep ingredients for a couple slow cooker recipes. If you are always running to the vending machine at 3:00pm then put together some veggie packs or bags of almonds. What is going to make it easier for you to eat healthier during the week?
3) It is not necessary to cook all the food you prep!
Food prep can be anything. You don’t necessarily need to cook all your meals completely. It can mean chopping up onions, peppers, or other vegetables ahead of time for recipes. Washing fruits and vegetables so they are ready for snacks. Portioning out nuts or other food items for snacks. Cutting up chicken or beef to be recipe ready. Whatever is going to work.
4) Even the littlest bit of food prep makes a difference!
I used to think if I did not have hours to set aside for prepping my food then why bother. Obviously, that is not the right approach to take. There are always going to be weeks my time is limited. If I wait for the right time or more time then I would never do anything. It is important to make the most of the time you have and do what you can. I have since learned that any food prep is better than no food prep at all. Some weeks I might not get any dinners prepped ahead of time but if my mason jar salads are done then at least I don’t need to worry about lunch.
5) There is no right or wrong way to food prep!
The options are endless when in comes to prepping food ahead of time so there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Basically, it comes down to just making time and getting it done. However, just like any weight loss strategy, to be sustainable it needs to fit into your lifestyle. Basically this means do what works for you. If the only thing you want to prep each week are hardboiled eggs then that’s fine. Whatever will meets YOUR needs. Don’t get bogged down in thinking it has to be done a certain way.
6) Give yourself time to reap the rewards and make it a habit!
I think like with anything it is really important to keep at it long enough to experience the benefits, see the results, and form new habits. Remember it takes about 3 weeks to form a habit. Weekly food prep is no different. Don’t throw in the towel if it doesn’t work out the first time. Or the first few times. Adapt and overcome. Expect to make adjustments along the way. Food prep is about making your life easier. Sure it takes a little effort and time upfront but it is worth it. It is so rewarding to open up the refrigerator door and see healthy delicious meals and snacks ready to eat. It was a game changer for me and I am confident it will be for you too.
Shared by Anislinn Anderson 30 days to Healthy Living Community