One of the biggest concerns we hear from patients is, “I don’t have enough time to eat healthy.” Eating healthy is a lifestyle change and meal prep is one of the things to make your journey easier.
Planning and dedication are key when it comes to meal prep. It takes three weeks to form a habit. So don’t give up if you have challenges as you start prepping meals but focus on ways to make modifications. Overall, food prep is what you make it and any meal prep will help make eating healthy easier.
The first step is to determine what meals you should prep. Based on the number of meals, decide what recipes you want to make and create a grocery list. Head to the grocery store to get your items.
Once home, it’s often easiest to spread out all of the supplies on the counter. Think about the foods that will take the longest that you can immediately start cooking. Remember – all of the cooking actually doesn’t have to be done right then. You can easily prepare a meal and put the contents in the freezer or portion out snacks for the week. The last step is to store your meals in Tupperware, glass jars, baggies or any other container.
By beginning the habit now, you will quickly see how much a few hours of meal prep will save you during the week while helping to keep you on track with your healthy weight loss journey.