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Monday, September 4, 2017

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

 Happy Monday everybody! I hope y'all are enjoying your Labor Day long weekend! Since I started a new job last week I'm spending this Labor Day in my office. While I love being able to veg and hang out on the weekends, I also use it as the perfect time to get ready for the upcoming week. This almost always includes a trip to the farmer's market and Aldi to buy groceries and meal prepping for the week on Sunday afternoon.

I've been asked on several occasions for tips on meal prepping and how I go about it. For me, meal prepping started when I started using Advocare and in my second year as an academic counselor. I was working schedules that fluctuated each week so having my meals planned out and made at the beginning of the week just made everything so much easier. Now I know what you're probably thinking- don't you get bored eating the same things? Well, no. I don't eat the same thing over and over. While I have a couple of meals that I really like such as teriyaki chicken or turkey meatballs, but I also use Pinterest or advice from others to try new recipes.
Different people have different methods for meal prepping, but here are my top 3 suggestions for those of you who want to start meal prepping your meals:

My first suggestion if you want to start meal prepping is to write everything down beforehand. Make a list of the food you will need for the week from the grocery store before you actually go to the store. Plan out each meal and snack individually so you can account for meals and snacks for everyday and not forget anything. Staying organized and planning out each day's meals aids in holding yourself accountable to healthy meals you're making. PLUS it saves you a ton of time when you're trying to hurry out the door to work or school in the morning.

My second suggestion is to invest in a large set of tupperware. I've linked two really great sets from Target and Walmart that have lots of pieces in several different sizes for meals and for snacks. Believe me, nothing is worse than planning everything out, making all of your meals, and then having nothing to pack them into!

My final suggestion is to commit to one hour out of your Sunday to complete all of you meal prepping for the week. I, personally, do my meal prepping late Sunday afternoon. By then I've run my 5k, gone to church, run any errands I didn't get to on Saturday, and had lunch. I get all of my ingredients together and make everything in one fail swoop. Before I know if everything is prepped and packed for the week.
Meal prepping has saved me so much time when it comes to making lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. It has also been instrumental in helping me to live a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions or want any further suggestions or tips on shopping or meal prepping feel free to text or e-mail me!

Have a great day!

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