There is no doubt that meal prep is in, and for a good reason. Meal prep is a great way to eat less junk, have more energy, fight your unhealthy cravings and hopefully get you back into your favorite jeans collecting dust in the closet.
However, if you’re new to the game, chances are you got meal prep all wrong.
You’ve probably considered meal prepping, but the thought of finding recipes, creating grocery lists, and cooking for an entire day doesn’t exactly sound appealing.
You’re convinced that eating healthy is expensive and time-consuming; between your long work hours, maneuvering family functions, and mandatory happy hours with your friends, you’ll need a miracle to fit that into your already hectic schedule.
The truth is,
It breaks my heart to know that there are many people just like you, ready to benefit from healthy meal prep, yet avoid it because the Instagram photos on your timeline make it seem unattainable.
The good news:
I’m taking matters into my own hands and giving you five lessons that’ll change how you think about healthy meal prep and help you take control of your unhealthy eating.
These are the same lessons that helped me lose 25 pounds and keep them off for five years and counting.
You deserve to meet the healthier and happier version of yourself, and while you at it, it’s time to get back in those jeans you love and miss so much.
Let’s get started:
1. Meal prep is not what you think it is
If someone asked you what comes to your mind when you hear the term meal prep, you’d more than likely describe a neatly packed fridge full of portioned containers with meals ready to grab.
This is not the definition of meal prep; it’s a result of meal prep it.
Meal prep is any action you take to prep your food in advanced.
Nothing more, nothing less.
If you want to use meal prep to eat better successfully, you have to stop believing those lies and start seeing meal prep for what it is.
A fantastic tool to help you take control of your emotional / stress eating and move you closer to having a healthier relationship with your food.
2. You’ve been meal prepping all along
You probably believe that meal prep is something new. Something that will require additional time and energy to do.
The reality is that you’ve been meal prepping all along.
You’ve been picking recipes, grocery shopping, saving leftovers, and cooking for years.
Your meal prep is not a healthy meal prep.
Healthy meal prep will help you see the results you want while an unhealthy meal prep will keep you from those results.
Understanding the difference between a healthy and unhealthy meal prep is the first step to get back into your favorite jeans or getting in your two-piece bathing suit this summer.
Say no to the candy drawer at the office. It’s nothing but processed foods; they are linked to obesity and bring no nutrients to your body.
Get your sweetness kick from fresh fruits, think bananas, cherries, apples, oranges, strawberries, grapefruits because they travel well.
Fruits are packed with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, all missing from your beloved pack of M&Ms.
3. Consistency beats perfection every single time.
The best part about meal prepping is that you decide how much or how little you’re going to prep.
Do not worry about having the perfect meal prep, instead focus on getting it done.
If you don’t have enough time to cook for 3 – 4 days, focus on your snacks instead.
You can prep your snacks in as little as 20 – 30 minutes.
Your goal is to develop the habit of healthy meal prep.
Prep your snacks while you watch your favorite tv show or listen to your favorite podcast.
You’ll be done prepping before you know it and you will not have to find extra time to get it done.
When it comes to healthy meal prepping something is better than nothing.
Meal prepping is like wine; it gets better with time.
The more you prep, the better you’ll get at it, and the faster you’ll start seeing the results you want.
4. The biggest benefit of healthy meal prep is not weight-loss*
You probably are considering meal prep because you want to lose weight.
You’re not alone.
When I began focusing on food prep, I had the same desire.
You’ll be surprised to learn that weight – loss is not the most significant benefit of healthy meal prep.
Not for me, that is.
I know what you’re thinking:
“Nory, if weight -loss is not the biggest benefit, what is it?”
I’m glad you asked.
Get ready to connect with your food.
Everything you eat has the power to nourish you or harm you.
For a long time, I didn’t pay much attention to what I ate.
Looking back, it’s kind of disturbing.
It wasn’t until I focused on healthy meal preps that I realized how unhealthy I ate and more importantly how I stood in the way of MY own goals.
Healthy meal prep helped me fall in love with food and motivated me to focus on eating foods that nourish, not harm my body.
That’s how you achieve results.
5. It’s deeper than you think.
When I began this journey seven years ago I was focused on one thing:
Meal prep taught me a lot about myself, and about the relationship, I had with myself.
Weight gain is not the problem, it the manifestation of the real problem.
Healthy meal prep can help you lose the weight, but it can’t solve the issues hidden under the weight gain.
Once the weight was gone,
Prepping forced me to look deeper and get to the root of the issues I was having with food.
It pushed me to reflect, change habits, building new relationships, let go of old relationships and eventually therapy.
All leading to the woman I’m today.
I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.
Not just physically, mentally and emotionally too.
Meal prep gave me the courage to control my food instead of letting my food control me.
The best part,
I have no doubt it can do the same for you.
Now it’s your turn.
I dare you to take control of your food, and make meal prep work for you.
Visit my virtual home and join my tribe.
You’ll feel confident and empowered to create delicious, healthy meals, with the foods you love.
After all that you’ve been through, what do you have to lose?