My toxic trait is that I cannot seem to control myself around a lot of things. Usually it’s things like guys who don’t treat me well, or things I don’t need from Ross, but it’s marked down even more from it’s already rock bottom everyday price so how can I resist?!? I won’t be talking about either of those things today, mainly because I have to save SOMETHING to talk to my therapist about.
What I realized this evening, and have actually known for a long time, is that I tend to not have the ability to understand “when to say when” around food. I have made it a point to not have things in my house I shouldn’t eat, like bags of chips, gallons of ice cream or jars of Nutella. I know my behavior around those items resembles that of Lindsay Lohan at an open bar in Ibiza. I just shouldn’t have the temptations around. (the food, not the musical group)
Where I get in trouble is with portion control… I know what to eat but eat too much of it. And contrary to what some people would like you to believe, you CAN gain weight even if you’re eating all the right stuff. There’s a cult that believes that the more butter and bacon the better. But the old expression still holds some truth… if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably deep-fried bullshit.
Now that I know it’s time for me to get back into the habit of meal prep, I figured it would be a good time to share with you all the top 5 reasons we should ALL consider doing it. (and by “doing it” I mean meal prep ya whore!)
- You’ll Lose Weight: If losing weight is one of your goals, preparing your meals ahead of time will help with that. You can weigh your meals out (that’s my preference) count the macros (fat, carbs, cals, etc) or keep it as simple as making sure you’re getting an extra serving of veggies in each meal. This takes the guesswork out of what you eat throughout the day and week ahead. You can now spend your guesswork on lottery numbers and why Stacy in accounting is such a bitter pill.
- Shopping For Groceries Won’t Suck: If you’re one of those people that loathes going to the grocery store, this is your golden ticket! After a couple of weeks of planning out your menu ahead of time, you will know exactly what to get, how much to get and where it’s located. No more aimlessly wandering up and down each aisle like a zombie. Also, if candy isn’t on the list of things to get, you know you have no business going down the candy aisle… so it’s easier to avoid temptation.
- You’ll Save Money: I always hear that eating healthy is expensive, the thing is… it doesn’t have to be. Buy things in bulk when you spot a good sale… take advantage of your freezer! The other way meal-prep will help save money is you’ll eliminate those grocery store runs every couple days because you “need to grab a couple things” that always ends up costing WAY more than you wanted to spend. All those trips add up and there goes your Palm Springs vacation home.
- You’ll Save Time: At first it may not seem like much of a timesaver. But the more you do it the better you become at it. You’ll find little tips and tricks along the way that will make the process more efficient. Also, a few hours spent on a Sunday afternoon will save you so much time throughout the week. Think about how much time you spend either preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards, waiting in the drive-thru or going out to eat.
- You’ll Have Kick Ass Habits: Honestly, the hardest part of eating healthier and taking care of yourself is establishing the “habit” of doing it. When you have your meals and snacks planned out, pretty soon you’ll realize you have lost a lot of the cravings for sugar and/or greasy fattening foods. Believe it or not, you’ll soon be at the point where it will be easy to avoid the foods you know aren’t good for you.
There you have it, a quick and dirty list of why you should consider adding meal-prep to your life. I’d love to hear some reasons you have found why it works for YOU. Or, if you have some tips to make it easier, I’d love to hear those too…. Leave a comment below!