I love my Sunday meal prep! It is one of the main ways to stay on track with your healthy eating. It starts the week off with a healthy, fresh mindset. Having all my meals planned out and the fridge deliciously stocked helps me look forward to my workouts for the week! Remember if you “fail to plan, plan to fail!” My personal motto is: “Plan; Prep; Prosper.”
There are multiple benefits to meal prepping:
Less cheating! When meal prepping on Sunday, make a point to only purchase those items that are on your grocery list--this helps keep those little moments of weakness under control because guess what, if it’s not in the house, then you can’t eat it!
Saves you money. At least this is true for my husband and I! I don’t know about you, but before meal planning we tended to just wing it each night, either by running out to the store after work to make whatever we were in the mood for that night, ordering in or spending even more money on going out. This is also true for our lunches! Now we’re able to plan a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even healthy snacks for much less $$. We don’t waste as much food now either!
Huge time saver. Not only does meal-prepping help you stay on track with consistent healthy eating, but it also gives you more time in the evenings to work out, relax or really do whatever you want besides rushing home to cook! This is such a life saver because, I mean let’s be honest, after working a 8 to 5 job, sitting in traffic, changing for the gym and rushing home to make dinner in the hopes of eating before 9 PM, I tend to want to either skip the gym or order take out. So this is huge, and really helps reduce anxiety!
Helps meet your fitness goals. When you plan out your meals ahead of time, not only are you learning portion control, but fueling your body with wholesome nutritional food, just makes you want to work out that much more! It’s so true when they say that “abs are made in the kitchen” – your body requires healthy food for endurance, strength and even weight loss so it’s a no-brainer that consistent meal planning should coincide with your fitness routine.
Gives a great variety! Sometimes planning out meals each week can get a little monotonous since I tend to have a few go-to meals, but one thing I have committed to doing is trying out at least 1 new recipe each week! If we like the dish then we’ll add it into the rotation and if we don’t, well we just won’t make it again.