The Importance of Meal Prep – Part 2: Philly Fashion Blogger Embraces the Prep

Wow! What a unbelievable Super Bowl. I am truly excited to be living in Philadelphia and witness the excitement. It seems as if the entire city was on Broad Street last night. Way to go Eagles!

Now, I am sure many of you went a little overboard on eating yesterday. It’s time to get back on track with continuing our series on the importance of meal prep. This is the second part of our three-part series. To start from the beginning, check out Part 1: Philly Fashion Blogger Gets Real with Her Meals

That vacation was great in so many ways. My husband and I split time with some of our friends in the US Virgin Islands and although we ate like kings, I learned some very valuable lessons about the importance of portion control and meal prep.

Introducing the 21-Day Fix Container Method

This is not a diet, repeat, it is not a diet. This method is all about portion control that is right for you and your lifestyle. When you sign up, you will receive seven color-coded containers. These containers are for each food group. For example, red is protein, yellow is carbs, green is veggies, you get the idea. They also give you a recipe book that has the number/color of containers associated to each recipe for easy tracking. And yes, the food is delicious. And they have a mobile app that helps keep track of your daily consumption and an easy guide on what to eat.

When you first get the kit, it’s eye opening. Remember the big ass restaurant salad I mentioned in part 1? It would fill up about 15 veggie containers (green), 2 protein containers (red) and that’s just the beginning because you got to figure out fats, dressing and all the other “good” stuff. Based on my target goals and weight, I am only supposed to eat 3 green containers and 4 red containers…the WHOLE day. You don’t have to have a PhD in Math to see that I was overeating but a lot just at lunch.

Before I got my 21-Day Fix kit, I would eat a ton of salads, chicken wraps, peanut butter slices, veggies, crackers, protein shakes and a larger “healthy” dinner at night. I didn’t eat fast food or slather everything in Ranch dressing. I was eating healthy food, but I was consuming too much of it and overeating.

Every week my husband and I go to the store with our pre-determined meal prep list. When you first start meal prepping it can be a very daunting task, but practice makes perfect and the more you do it, the easier it will become.

Here’s an example of our meal prep planning process:

  1. Create a list
    • What does each day look like (lunch and dinner)?
    • What recipes are we looking to cook?
    • Snacks: veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs, potential grab-and-go options
  2. Go to the store
    • Like mamma said, never go to the store hungry. It’s a sure fire way to buy way more items that are not on your list
    • We head to the store right after the gym on Saturday morning to beat the crowds and get a head start on our prepping
  3. Cook all our meals in one day (get it out of the way, it is a great accomplishment)
  4. Place in these microwaveable containers
  5. Feeling of accomplishment that your refrigerator is stocked and ready for the week

Meal prepping takes time, but it does get easier the more you do it. You start to develop your own routine and after a couple of weeks you become a pro. The thing about meal prepping that is so important is the time it saves you every day. It is SO much easier to have your lunch pre-prepped the night before because you lose the urge of having to go out for lunch or even worse, skipping lunch. It’s even better when you come home from a long day at the office and you don’t have to cook because everything is already ready to go. It’s really great for those 10 to 12-hour work days. It is healthier and my favorite meal containers are perfect for portion control. You know exactly what you are eating and how much you are eating.

Now that we’ve talked about our tips and tricks to meal prep, our next blog will be how to keep up the good work. What are some of your favorite meals to prep?

Author: Julie Davis

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