Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Prep Work

OK.  You have a week of clean eating “education” under your belt.  Let’s start putting this into practice.  I invite you to post your daily meal diary in the comments.  Your diary might look something like this:

Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with banana, raspberries and almond milk
Snack: apple
Lunch: grilled chicken salad with tomatoes, carrots, and balsamic vinegar dressing
Snack: almonds and raisins
Dinner: Turkey burger on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato. Sweet potato fries and side salad.
Snack: popcorn
Exercise: 25 Minutes T25 Alpha Cardio, plus 5 minutes push-ups and sit-ups

Water: 75 ounces


An excellent way to stay on track with your healthy eating plan, is by planning ahead. 

  1. Create a weekly menu.  Even if it is just for family dinners, knowing exactly what you are fixing can take much of the stress out of mealtime.  This is especially helpful in my case.  With 4 kids (and some VERY picky eaters), I can plan a meal for them, and something more healthy for myself.  Having that figured out ahead of time doesn’t make it seem as inconvenient to fix 2 separate meals.  
  2. Stick to a list when you hit the grocery!  If you have your meals planned out, then you know exactly what you need from the store.  Write it down, and stick to it.  An exception might be to wait and see what good deals you find on fresh fruits and veggies for your go to snacks.  In my house, we use a family scheduling app called COZI.  I love the amazing scheduling features of this app, but the best part is that there is a shopping list feature built in.  Anyone in our family can add items to the shopping list at any time. So I know exactly what I NEED to get from the store, as well as things that my kids would like to have.  There is even a way to check off items as you shop, with this app. 
  3. Repackage your food—any bulk snacks, measure out single servings and put in Ziploc baggies (almonds, crackers, dried fruit, snack mix).  EASY grab and go snacks!
  4. Wash, clean or peel veggies and fruits and have them up front in the fridge for the whole family to grab.  I use those awesome Tupperware FridgeSmart containers to keep my fruits and veggies fresher, longer.  Definitely worth the investment!
  5. Boil some eggs.  My BEST timesaving discovery was learning how to “hard boil” eggs in the oven!  Thank you Pinterest!!  We eat a lot of hard boiled eggs in my house!  Place eggs in a muffin tray.  Place in 325° oven for 25-30 minutes.  Remove and let cool.  Store in fridge.   
  6. Grill or bake a handful of chicken breasts for quick lunches.  Don’t forget to chop some up for salads!

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