Have you ever considered meal prep and planning?
Don't think it applies to you? Wondering why you should bother? What's in it for you?
Meal prep is often considered something you do when you want to lose weight, or save time. But there are reasons why everyone should do this more often. Meal preparation essentially means you plan ahead of time what you are going to eat for that day, week, or even month by having a definitive plan what will be on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Better yet, by having meals ready to cook, or leftovers that can be used the following day(s), you have complete control over everything that set on your kitchen table.
When focus is placed on your daily nutrition, not only will you be able to improve your health but also lose weight since you will be eating in a more nutritious manner. When this is priority number one, healthier habits will develop, and you will find your life turning around and becoming much more positive. This is also the perfect way to re-focus yourself on a health commitment that may have gone astray over the past year or two as I had.
Preparing your meals ahead of time is not difficult to do. I started by accepting the fact that it will take a bit of time, especially the first time I did it since I've never tried it before. There may be weeks when I wanted to include special meals. I had to go through cookbooks and look for recipes online, that's okay. I later became super organized.
It`s also ok to eat from a concession stand and also to tailgate, but it’s essential you watch your weight while doing so, thereby observing the nature meals you consume.
Here are some extra tips on why everyone should consider doing it, at least some of the time:
YOU SAVE MONEY
One of the top reasons to start meal prepping is that you will save money. That's because you're able to buy more foods in bulk. Consider how much you would save by purchasing your meat and veggies in bulk, instead of just purchasing small portions that you need for one or two meals. You can then prep your meals, and gain all of the other benefits as well.
IT ALLOWS YOU MORE TIME DURING THE WEEK
If you're someone who often skips making home cooked meals during the week because you don't have a lot of time due to work and other responsibilities like myself, meal prepping will be perfect for you. Choose an evening or weekend day when you have some extra time, and prepare or cook most of the meals for the week. That way, all that needs to be done is to put your meals together and some minor heating up or cooking the rest of the days of the week.
YOU CAN EAT HEALTHIER
With meal prepping, you can watch your meal and act accordingly with your timetable, eating precisely what your body deserves for a healthy livelihood and your weight loss career.
And, as you can see, you'll benefit in many other ways.
Finally, I recommend the consumption of water as I do take water for a better lifestyle. Science has it that it best to take at least a glass of good water every morning, and that also has been a secret to my success.
Begin your meal prepping lifestyle now; there may be no opportunity in the later.
I hope this article has encouraged you in some way to consider meal prepping