Meal Preparation

Planning and preparation are the keys to success in a weight management program. This may require slightly more time and more effort on your part, but it will make your life so much easier. It will make you significantly more successful in your health and fitness journey! Your job for this week is to always have healthy items conveniently on hand.

Here are a few things that could help you with your preparation:

     > Plan out your meals and snacks for the upcoming week. Note what ingredients you’ll need, create a shopping list, and do your grocery shopping on that day.
     > Within that same day of grocery shopping, begin meal prep for the entire week. Wash, peel, and chop all raw fruits and veggies for the upcoming week.
     > You can put the chopped vegetables in containers so they are ready to grab and go for snacks, and when it comes time to make a meal, all you need to do is grab the ingredients and begin cooking.
     > When preparing meals, create extra so you have leftovers to eat for days to come. Leftovers can also make a great snack during the week.

Ultimately, do what works best for you.  If planning your meals out for the week, grocery shopping and meal preparation are too much for you to do in one day, then spread it out over two days. Find what works best for you, and go with it.

By doing all of this preparation before your week begins, you are more apt to make healthier food choices and be more successful with this program. Healthy choices are easier to make when they’re already prepared to be eaten!

If this is your first week or you are coming back to healthy eating after a hiatus, one of your jobs this week is to replace processed food with whole food. Clean out the pantry and fridge of all the things that are not allowed in this program. Keep the temptation of treats and harmful foods out of sight out of mind. Try to eat as fresh as possible, meaning you saw the vegetable or meat in its natural state at some point during your preparation. Also in week two we want you to keep track of your hydration. At the end of each day check in with yourself to see if you got enough or if you need to try harder tomorrow.

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