How to meal prep when you hate the idea of meal prepping

I am not a fan of meal prep. I have friends who swear by it, but I don’t like to eat the same dinner several nights in a row so I have to get creative with it. I have also found that when I don’t make a plan, I’m more likely to grab something unhealthy because it’s quick and easily accessible.

I am a self-proclaimed foodie. I love going to new restaurants, trying new recipes, and creating delicious things to eat. That being said, since I am trying to lower my weight and improve my health, I have had to adapt my way of eating and cooking. Here are a few tips that I have developed over the month or so that I have been trying to eat healthy-ish.

  1. MAKE A PLAN- I have started planning out several of the meals that I want to have and shopping accordingly. By having a fridge stocked with the ingredients that I need to make healthy meals, I’m less likely to stray from my healthy-ish living plan. If I know that I have two meals out with friends scheduled, I can plan to be extra healthy the other days of the week.
  2. Be OKAY with deviating from the PLAN- things come up. I wrote down every meal for my first week and you wouldn’t believe how many scratched out meals there were. It’s okay to change your mind about what you want to eat for a particular meal, and that’s why I try to get a variety of things that I can swap out easily.
  3. Account for snacks, too- During my first week, I planned out my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I didn’t even think about snacks. About halfway between lunch and dinner I was hungry and didn’t have anything healthy to snack on. I have adapted since then and make sure to have berries, apples, and cut up vegetables ready to grab in my fridge.
  4. Think before leaving home- Will you be back for lunch? Will you need a snack to hold you over til your next meal? These are questions that I ask myself before leaving the house. The items that I mentioned in the snacks tip are great “grab and go” foods that will prevent you from getting chicken nuggets in a drive through line.
  5. Healthy-ISH- emphasize the ISH- If I’m going to make this last, I need to be able to enjoy myself. I’m refusing to deprive myself of things that I know I’m not going to give up permanently. If I’m not giving up wine for life, I want to be able to learn how to work it in to my plan from now.

If you have any tips on living a healthy-ISH lifestyle, or ways to make meal planning more effective, please feel free to share them in the comments! I am learning as I go and would love your suggestions!

 

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