Ok, it’s time for some real-world health and fitness advice.
The harsh reality is, your health and fitness journey won’t all be sunshine and roses. But although it won’t necessarily be easy, there are lots of things we can do to make it as easy as possible, and being prepared is probably at the top of the list.
One of the big things I talk about with my clients is the importance of preparation. Being prepared and surrounding yourself with food that supports your goals instead of working against them is a vital part of making things as easy as possible.
Here are a few ways of being prepared can help you reach your health and fitness goals:
We’re forced to make a lot of decisions throughout our busy day. What should I wear to work? What should I have for breakfast? How many more times can I call in sick this month before the boss gets suspicious? The more decisions we make throughout the day, the more prone to ‘decision fatigue’ we become. Basically, by the end of the day, the likelihood of you making a poor decision is heightened, which is not ideal because that’s around the time you’ll be asking yourself “what should I have for dinner?”. If you’ve got a tasty, nutritious meal sitting in your fridge/freezer that’s already prepared, that’s one less decision you have to make. Meal prep win.
Life Will Get in the Way
If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that at some point, life will get in the way of your health and fitness goals. Your boss/the traffic/your kids/that assignment does not care about your evening training session or that healthy dinner you need to prepare and cook. Instead, making sure you have healthy options prepared and ready to go will mean those late nights at work don’t cause you to reach for the fast but not so great option. If all you have to do is pop something in the microwave and wait 3-5 minutes, you’re far more likely to make the right decision. Meal prep win.
Who’s heard that you shouldn’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Well, the same strategy applies to most aspects of life. The hungrier you allow yourself to become, the easier it’s going to be to reach for that muffin or chocolate bar at 3 pm. Instead, be prepared and ensure you have good snacks stashed in your desk/handbag/locker to help fuel and satisfy you without going off the rails. Meal prep win.
And no, a Snickers bar does not count.
Frees Up Time
This is one of the more obvious pros of meal prep, but also arguably the most important one. We’ve probably all seen the Your Prep hashtag #reclaimyoursundays, and this really is the most important part of being prepared. Freeing up more time for you to do the things you love, with the people you love, is going to have a HUGE benefit to your health.