You’ve landed here because you are curious about food prep or it’s driving you a little bit insane already.
Meal prep is absolutely everywhere! The Internet is saturated with delicious looking meals perfectly packed into little tupperware boxes ready for the day ahead!
But how do they do it? How do they know what to eat?
Whether you are a keen athlete, a body builder or on your own weight loss journey, meal prep should be an essential part of your daily structure and lifestyle.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be a chore! It can be fun and actually, quite liberating – think, you are preparing your body’s fuel for optimum results so you’re on the road to success!
Don’t feel overwhelmed by it and if you feel a bit confused and don’t know where to start then read the below rules to get you started on your road to meal prep heaven.
Stick to your plan & know your goal
First thing is first. Determine why you are meal prepping in the first place. What’s your goal? Is it to lose weight? Is it to build muscle? Or are you looking to get shredded up for a competition? Whatever your reason, know it because this will allow you to formulate your food plan based around numbers you need to achieve your goal. If you aren’t sure how to tailor a food plan to your needs you can get the help of a qualified personal trainer or nutritionist.
Pick your day
Now you have your plan in front of you tailored to your needs (hopefully!). It’s time to go shopping and get cooking! The best way to do this ideally is to have a whole day free where you can really indulge in the process. Take your time getting the right foods and invest in a good pair of digital food weighing scales so you can accurately weigh everything you need. Use good quality Tupperware boxes and prep for the next 5 days if you can, freezing meals where possible. This will make your life lots easier and keep you on track.
Less is more
When it comes to meal prep, stick to your numbers and don’t bother adding in any extra decadence. Meal prep can be tiring so don’t over complicate it by trying to add fancy sauces and recipes. Keep it simple and understand that by doing so you will prolong the shelf life of your meals and you will be able to freeze them more effectively.
Invest in a meal bag
Yes, meal bags exist and they really are worth the bang for their buck. They may seem pricey at first but you will be using it every single day. A meal bag will keep all your meals stored neatly away and also keep them cool which eliminates the need for you to be up, down and all over the place when it comes to eating etc. There’s also plenty of room and space for all your supplements, shakes and drinks too. Save yourself unnecessary daily frustration and treat yourself.
Understand everyone does it differently
Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t prepare a whole week’s food at once. Everyone has a different life and meal prep works differently for everyone depending upon the time and effort you want to put into it.
Some people only like to prepare 2 days at once, some do 7 and some do 1 at a time. It all depends on personal circumstances and what your lifestyle allows. Trial and error different methods and you will find your footing with it.
Hopefully after reading this you feel like you are better equipped to understand and tackle a meal prep of your own.
There are so many benefits to prepping your meals so it’s definitely worth a shot if this is something you’d like to get into. Enjoy the reward of opening up the refrigerator door and seeing healthy delicious meals and snacks ready to eat!