As a Specialist in Weight Loss and Nutrition, I know that food prepping is one of the key factors in successful, sustainable weight loss.
Once you start regularly prepping your food for the next few days/week, you really will never look back. The days of grabbing totally unsatisfactory “beige food” from a fast food outlet or a pre-packed supermarket sandwich (with a food label listing suspiciously chemical sounding ingredients), will become a distant, unpleasant memory – along with the uncomfortably tight waistband, lethargy, insulin spike, subsequent frequent hunger and disappointment in your continuing struggle with weight loss.
No matter how busy your life is, if you have time to watch watch TV in the evenings, you have time to prep. It is all about prepping your life around your health and weight, not the other way around.
Make a list of wholefoods during the week (plus add some spices and other staples). Choose and stick to a quiet time to spend half an hour in the shop – believe me, when you are mainly buying mainly wholefoods there is no wandering up and down the isles pondering over chemical choices and checking out food labels for the healthiest options. Then set aside just an hour, experiment with easy recipes, mix up some that need cooking and some that don’t. Batch up into sealed tupperware containers and pop into the fridge/freezer. Keep it simple and keep it stress free.
Whilst I accept that in the beginning the idea of prepping and cooking food in advance for the fridge can be quite daunting, you quickly adapt and factor it in to your weekly routine. As you start to make easy meals that you look forward to and that keep you on your weight loss track, it will become fun. How fab to come home, grab something you really like from the fridge or freezer, pop in the microwave or oven, and by the time you have taken off your coat and changed your shoes, a delicious meal is done. Or to wake late knowing that no matter how much of a rush you are in, breakfast, lunch and dinner is sorted and you just have to grab something from the fridge!
I am not a cook, but I really enjoy the (up to) 2 hours in the kitchen, normally at the weekends, “creating”. I have my standard 5 – 6 meals which I jazz up with different herbs, spices and individual twists and I LOVE IT! I also love the fact that I know exactly what I am eating and feeding to my loved ones.
Always prepared. Never hungry. Always working towards your health & weight loss (and one last and important point, much cheaper)!
Let’s get prepping.