How to Easily Transition to Meal Prepping
By Genevieve Cunningham
In today’s world of health and fitness, meal prepping is all the rage. You’ve probably heard of it before, whether from a friend, a fitness professional, or on TV. What is it? It’s simply the act of preparing meals ahead of time, storing them in the refrigerator, and subsequently saving tons of calories and bad food choices. While this probably sounds like a great idea on the surface, it’s much harder to implement than many believe. If you are interested in joining the meal prepping craze, take a look at these easy steps to transition slowly into this new habit.
Write It Down
Because meal prepping takes quite a bit of planning on the front end, it’s best to write it down long before the trip to the grocery store. Write down every single meal and snack for the next few days, and then write down every single ingredient and the proper amount. Once this is completed, take a look at the list and make sure it’s realistic and meeting all needs. Only after this is done should you make the trip to the store and stock supplies and attempt meal planning. Trying to “wing” this method doesn’t work … so get the planning done on paper first and then go from there.
Most people who meal prep do it for a week at a time. This is a great time frame, as it gives a short enough time to handle, but a long enough time to feel a bit under control. But if you don’t feel up to starting with a week, don’t do it. Begin as slowly as you need in order to make the habit successful. If three days works better, do that. If going all out for two weeks is the right approach for you, then do that. In the end, it’s whatever works for your goals that matters.
Go With Easy Recipes First
It might be tempting to go all in too quickly with meal prepping. Some people think that if they’re going to be healthy, they may as well start with the healthiest meals they can find. The problem is that all new recipes along with the new habit of prepping might just be too much. Start with easy foods that you’re already familiar with. Basic salads, raw vegetables, and simple healthy recipes are the way to go. Once the prepping is down, it’s easier to move onto more challenging recipes or more extreme cuts in the menu.
If you can ever get the hang of meal prepping, you may find it one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to get that diet under control. Use these tips to get started, but most importantly, don’t give up! With some time and perseverance, meal prepping can help you gain control over food choices and get in some of the best shape of your life.
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