A common pitfall when trying to follow a meal plan is not being prepared. When you are hungry and don’t have anything ready you are likely to turn to something quick and probably not so great for you. By preparing food in advance and having healthy snacks ready to go you are taking away excuses not to eat healthy.
Something that I have found to be extremely helpful for keeping myself on track is to prepare the bulk of my meals for the week on Sunday night. Sunday night I set some time aside and prepare what I can in advance. Some things you can’t make too far ahead of time and for these items I make sure that I have all the ingredients ready to go. I take out everything I need, chop it up and put it in tupperware for when I need it. That way when I come home tired at the end of the day I don’t have to worry about doing any of the prep work and can just throw it together and have it ready in a matter of minutes.
I do the same thing with the fruits and veggies I buy. After Sunday grocery shopping I take my cantaloupe and celery and other things like that and cut them up so that when I need them I can just take them and be on my way. I also like to have a few cooked chicken breasts ready to go so if I’m short on time I have something substantial that I can use in a number of different ways.
Being prepared means you don’t have an excuse to not eat healthy. If you put in a little bit of time one night a week then you’ll have more free time later on. It also takes the guess work out of eating which is where many diet decisions go wrong.
Click here to out a couple easy recipes I have for simple, filling, on the go food that you can make in advance.