I have always had trouble with food. The healthy kind. That are green… I don’t do healthy. I don’t really eat vegetables and I definitely don’t eat fruit. What helps me a lot though is meal prep. For those of you who don’t know, meal prepping is a great way to make sure you are on track with you calories, macros and fitness goals. You prepare you weeks meals in one day. I tend to freeze mine or put them in the fridge and get them out when I need to.
When I first started, I remember thinking “where do I begin?” Luckily for you, you have me. You don’t need to ask yourself that question because I am here to give you the answer. I spend FOREVER going round the supermarket, scanning all the items into My Fitness Pal to see macros in every food. Which you can do, if you want to. Or you can go online and search recipes. Step 1 is divided into two steps which both link in together.
Writing Out Your Menu
I like to think I run a restaurant. I particularly like writing out what I am going to have to eat for that week. This can be pretty boring to some, but if you make in interesting enough, it doesn’t have to become a chore anymore. As I am fussy, I tend to eat the same thing every week, I just change it up between lunch and dinner. Breakfast for me ALWAYS stays the same. One you have written out your Gordon Ramsey style menu, you can move onto part 2.
Writing The Shopping List
A list is like a god sent. Lists are what make life so easy. Writing a good shopping list means that you are less likely to walk around the supermarket aimlessly and are more likely to go in, buy your ingredients and leave again. One thing I HAVE TO write on my list is snacks. I need to make sure I have enough snacks throughout the day otherwise I get hungry. And when I get hungry, I get cravings and turn to biscuits and all that is good in the world. With your list, you can be really anal and categorise by type or aisle, it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you have all the ingredients. I must warn you though HEALTHY FOOD IS EXPENSIVE. It’s the cruelties of life. Don’t ask me why, it just is. Make sure you save that little bit extra so that you can afford all your healthy foods.
My weekly shopping list:
- Turkey Steaks
- Mixed Veg
- White Potatoes
- Arla 20g protein yoghurts
- Chicken bites
Now you are ready for the prep. I personally do all my food shopping on a Saturday and prep on the Sunday, just because I feel like the food is fresher but you can do whatever you think is best. It all depends on your schedule. I love making things that I can shove in the oven and leave for an hour. That makes it so much less hassle and cooking for me, and more time to chill out on my short weekend.
I always split my meals into containers so in total I should have 5 containers of lunch and 5 on dinner. This is so I can grab them out of the fridge before I go to work and put them straight into my bag. During the week, between work and going to the gym, I don’t have time to make my own food so this way, I do not have to worry about making anything. It is already done! Saturday and Sunday I’m usually more relaxed with my eating and do not prep meals for them days. As I go shopping on the Saturday, I prepare as I go along. If you decide to be more disciplined, then you can prep for all 7 days. It is entirely up to you.