Time and time again we fall short of our food goals because we fail to prepare. This is like taking a test without studying the material first. Or better yet, you study the material and know all the answers but you forgot your pencil…my point is if you really want to reach your goals you have to set yourself up for success. A little dirty work in the kitchen can make your week run smoothly. The question is…do you WANT to succeed or are you just WISHING to succeed?
MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Easy for me to say, right?!? (I am sure that is what some of you are thinking). Well I am not going to just say it, let me help you plan it out. Here are a few strategies that help me when I think there is no way possible that I have the time to prepare all those meals.
1. Cook more food at dinner so you have it for lunch the next day. Portion it and put it in a container so you can just grab and go in the morning.
2. Wake up a little earlier and while you are cooking breakfast, throw something extra in a pan or roast some veggies in the oven while you are showering for work.
3. Set aside 2 hours on the weekend or whatever day works to prepare your lunches for the week. If you are nervous about leaving them in the fridge you can store them in the freezer and take them out the night before.
4. Pre-chop your veggies when you get home from the grocery store, so when you go to prepare meals can grab what you need. This is a super time saver especially when you are in a rush.
5. Write a dinner menu for the week and actually follow it. It helps if you enjoy the meals that you plan to cook, so find recipes that are appealing and clean.
6. Pack enough food so you aren’t tortured by the goodies and junk food that surrounds you in the office.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” –Benjamin Franklin
To SEE change you have to MAKE change. Sounds cliché, but the most satisfying accomplishments are the ones we have to work for. Try a couple of these strategies out and see what fits best in your lifestyle.