DIY, Life, Meal Prep, weight loss, Weightloss

Meal Prepping….What is it? How do you do it? Can you afford it?

So you see it all over your social networking feeds and in stores. But what is it really? Meal prepping became a huge thing in 2018 and just gained momentum very quickly. Meal prepping or meal prep is the weekly preparation of meals for a period of time usually longer than 2 days. An example would be the planning, cooking and packaging of lunch and dinner for 4 days. It began as weight loss tool and has since became an easy 1, 2, 3 thing for families and individuals alike.

It seems tedious to watch people do it and when you think about doing it and all the things it entails it seems hard but its not at all. You already do it you just don’t make enough to put it in the dishes you need to keep it for the week. You already plan your meals you just need to either buy more or plan to cook it all at once.

Make your plan…..Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the normal days and then Friday is the out day and Saturday and Sunday your cheat days. Start all over again Sunday. But make this work for YOU because no one else is inside your body but you. YOU have to want this and YOU have to work for it. The saying goes “one bad meal doesn’t make you fat just like one good meal doesn’t make you skinny” this takes work and dedication.

So grab a pen and paper or your planner even and lets get to meal prepping. If you have a specific diet you follow {Keto, Mediterranean, Akins, WW, Paleo, ect} follow the rules and plan accordingly. If you are looking for a diet check out my Diet Comparisons blog to get info on them. Choose one that you feel is best for YOU because as I said no one is inside you but YOU. YOU have to want this and you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t.

Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack

You can use a wall calendar {you can find dry erase ones that peel and stick anywhere}, your phone has a calendar, you can even download an app like Schedule Planner, or if you are old school like me you can buy a yearly planner and fill it up with everything you need!

So lets start off easy. What snacks can you have? Lets pick 3 now for the entire week. You can choose 3 different ones or use all the same its up to you. I do not recommend picking more than 6 though as you are just starting out and it could get a little overwhelming. Keep it simple and with things you like to eat.

Now lets plan breakfast. This is your best meal of the day because it sets the day into motion. You can make breakfast bites with eggs, cheese, peppers, onions, and a meat all mixed together poured into a lightly greased muffin pan. Bake them then turn them out let them cook and pack 2-3 of them in each container with some fresh fruit and you are set for breakfast. You can even do mini gluten free pancakes if you wanted to switch it up every other day pack a little sugar free syrup and some fruit or yogurt and you are all set.

Now comes lunch. Lets think high in energy but low in calories here. Mason jar salads are easy to make if you don’t have a ton of space to store things at work or in a lunch bag. They have tons of recipes on Pinterest too if you need ideas. Choose wisely though as you are attempting to lose weight. Follow your diet plan too if you have chosen one.

Classic Cobb Mason Jar Salad

Finally time for dinner. Here is where your smallest meal comes in because its almost bed time and you have to be sure you do not have anything heavy on your stomach when going to bed. Grilled fish and some veggies are a great choice. But again follow YOUR diet plan. You can have another salad with some fish on it if you wanted as well.

Once you have chosen your meals you can hit the store and stock up. Remember that you are prepping ahead of time so some things will not always keep for an entire week so choose meals and ingredients wisely. If it comes in a box 9 times out of 10 its not good for you. You are going healthy not easy so no TV dinners. Even though you are basically creating your own private “TV Meals”. Make sure you check what you already have in your freezer or pantry so that you are not over buying. When it comes to meats and dry goods you can buy in bulk and break them down to smaller portions to keep. That is another way to save money too.

This is a more experienced prepper but you can do this too. Starting at the bottom with pre/post workout, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, dinner, post meal, snack, and final snack. It seems like a lot and for most it is but in this photo they are bulking up.

Meal prep does not have to be scary just remember that. It can be fun and you can get really creative with things. Plus with meal prep you know EXACTLY what you are consuming as well as how many calories your consuming so you can keep track.

If you keep a log of what you make for the week than take notes on changes for another time it will help down the road. It may also help someone else when they ask you about how you got so healthy.

Below I have pulled some meal prep containers that are popular to use but you can use whatever you wish. You do not have to spend a fortune on them either.

These are at WalMart for $5 near me
These are great for breakfast as they can separate your fruit or meat from your other item.
If you do not own or want to use Mason Jars these work great for salads or even breakfast bowls.
You should plan your meals and snacks like these with time schedules until you have become more familiar with things and your body is on a new routine.

As with all of my posts I do NOT endorse one product over another nor am I trying to persuade you into buying anything I write about. I simply give you what I have learned or what I have researched and even used myself so that you may be better informed or inspired. I am on a path of NEW thinking, a NEW me, and a NEW life so I will share it with you along the way so you are not alone on your path. I will tell you if I am endorsing a product right from the start darlings. XOXO

Cheers to a NEW you, NEW thinking, & a NEW life,

Nicole

3 thoughts on “Meal Prepping….What is it? How do you do it? Can you afford it?”

  1. Very interesting post! I have been trying to organise and prep my meals but it’s always hard to do when you’re a university student. I will definitely try these tips xx

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    1. It could become hard for someone in college since you either have a very tiny kitchen in your room that you created or you do not have one at all. If you have friends who live off campus you could always ask them for use of there kitchen in trade you would save them some food. Or even if they wanted to join you in your meal prep!!

      Also if you go home at all you could ask your parents if you could meal prep at the house and then take it back to your university to reheat and enjoy!!

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