When I started to work full time, it was a hard adjustment for me. I had trouble coming home and cooking the meals I was used to preparing. In addition to a lack of energy, I was making more changes to my diet in order to make healthier decisions with what I ate. I started meal prepping in order to keep myself committed to this new lifestyle change and make energy a nonfactor. Two years later, I still meal prep every Sunday for the upcoming work week and I love it! If you’re considering adding meal prepping to your weekly duties, I’ve come up with some benefits of this tool below!
I am a fairly busy person. In addition to working 40 or more hours per week, I’m in graduate school, a board member, involved in a few local organizations, manage this beautiful blog and last, but not least, I’m a wife and mother of a puppy! So time is always of the essence. I am often making a plan and a schedule, my meals aren’t any different. Each week, I find new recipes or plan according to what I have a taste for and make a list. Our goal is to take that list and stick to it. By preparing all of my meals on Sunday (breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner), I am able to go through the week stress free from worrying about what to cook.
So many people give the excuse that eating healthy is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! I try to find recipes that have some of the same ingredients or not a lot of ingredients. By doing so, I will buy less food items and lower my grocery cost. The less ingredients a recipe has, it’s likely cleaner as well. Meal prepping and sticking to my list keeps us out of the dirty aisles! Yes, if you shop in those middle aisles of the grocery store, prepare to fill your cabinets with overpriced, processed foods. You’d be surprised the more you shop on the outer aisles, such as produce, the less your bill will be.
I don’t know about you, but I take pride in cooking my husband healthy meals! I cook for him to show him that I love him and so that others know he is loved when he takes his meals to work. When I am unable to do that because I don’t have time or don’t have the energy, it can be really stressful for me. Luckily, I have a great husband who likes to cook as well. So we just make it bonding time! Since I am a slow chopper and he makes rice better than I do, I make sure to assign those things to him. That’s a stress reliever within itself!
AVOIDING UNHEALTHY FOOD
It has been proven, when it is time to go to the grocery store and we are out of food, Nick and I do not make the best choices with food. We order pizza (Nick’s favorite) or get wings (my favorite), which if eaten enough nights in a row, can diminish our health and fitness goals. By always having something prepared and healthy snacks at hand, we don’t have to risk going overboard with eating out too much.
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