In different seasons of my “fit life”, I find some methods to be effective, and others make me crazy 😉
I see a lot of posts on pinterest and social media showing perfectly lined up tupperwares with a week’s worth of healthy food. I’ve done this too and posted about it lots. I just want to be realistic about whether this can help you with your goals. Here’s the pros and cons:
- Simple. Once you know what you should be eating, each day saves brainpower when you have each meal already prepared.
- Keeps you on track. You’re more likely to eat what’s already ready than to make something new.
- Time-saving: Besides the initial prep, you don’t have to cook for at least a few days.
- Makes it easy to eat on the go, and take your healthy meals.
- Boring. Many people don’t like eating the same thing day in and day out.
- Restrictive. Instead of eating what you truly feel like, you feel obligated to to eat the same meal.
- Well- you’re that weirdo always eating out of a Tupperware. And if you’re taking it “to go,” you’ll also need a cooler.
- You’re essentially only eating leftovers, not a lot of freshness
Like a lot of healthy tactics, some things may work for you, while others do not. If meal planning and prepping is something you want to try out, here’s a few tips:
- The best meals are well-rounded, with protein, complex carbs, and a little healthy fat.
- Create meals that YOU LIKE. Don’t prep 5 days worth of plain tilapia, brown rice and broccoli just because some fitness model eats that. If you don’t get satisfaction from your meals, it won’t last. (But if you DO like that, then go for it!)
- Have variety. Now this is tricky because you’re cooking meals in bulk.. but find ways to use your ingredients in different ways.
Yummy meal examples that I partly prep in bulk: (chicken, rice, etc).
Mexican tacos, soup, salad, burritos
Teriyaki stirfry with chicken, cashews
Lean pork roast with potatoes & vegetables
Turkey burgers with baked fries
Ultimately you may need to experiment with what helps YOU stay on track to meet your goals. Preparation and planning helps immensely for most of us =)
For me currently as I’m trying to lose weight, I make a general plan of my meals for the week, and track it as I go- knowing that things will not always go as “planned,” but I can still stay within my calorie goals.