Some may know that I started my career as a nutrition coach at a meal prep company, and later managed for that company. I spent the first 2.5 years of my career there, and I learned so much about the business. Nutrition is a passion of mine. I do not live a strict lifestyle, but I live a consistent one. When it comes to nutrition, consistency is key. That piece of cake you ate at the birthday party, or that glass of wine you had on date night is not what’s going to prevent weight loss. It’s the daily choices like not getting that late-night snack after dinner, not skipping breakfast, not going back for seconds or making a super large plate the first time, or choosing water over a soda just to name a few.
So were to begin? Let’s begin with deciding how serious you want to get. Are you wanting 5 days a week, or the full 7 days a week? To prep for 5 days, you could eat the same thing for 5 days, or split it into a 2 day prep and a 3 day prep. For 7 days, it’s ideal to split into a 3 day and 4 day prep. Next you need to determine your portion size so you don’t over or under buy groceries. For example, if you are an average female with normal daily activity, and chose to have chicken on your 3 day prep and you need about 3oz per lunch, that would be 9 oz of chicken to prepare for 3 lunches. You would need to plan and calculate all of your meals like that before going to the store. You could always estimate if that sounds like too much, that is just the most accurate and efficient way. Ideally, you would want to plan out a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks per day.
Once the planning is done (that is the most time consuming), you are ready to go shopping! Have your list in hand that you worked so hard on, and try to stick just to that list. If you can do that and eat all of the meals you have planned, you should save your waistline and your wallet 😉 When you start cooking it is quicker if you can bake all your meat and roast your veggies, and while the oven is doing that work for you, you can prepare your starches on the stove top. I also have a little food scale that I started using. It helps tremendously if you really want to be precise and accurate. Especially if you took the extra time to do the calculations step in the planning segment.
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