How many times have you asked yourself the following question or been asked it?
“What’s for dinner?”
I would say many, many times…maybe even on a daily basis! This can be one of the toughest questions because you really don’t know what to have for dinner!
We are constantly making decisions throughout the day and when dinner time comes around, it’s another decision that we have to make! We seem to be always trying to figure out what to eat.
Can you relate to this?
One evening, I was staring into my fridge, trying to figure out what to make. I had done the groceries so there were lots of healthy foods. Part of me didn’t really know what I wanted and the other part of me didn’t want to put the work into it!
As I was staring into the fridge, I was getting even more stressed and I just didn’t feel like making anything.
Next thing you know, I ordered pizza even though I knew it was going to set back my goals.
The thing is, you can get stuck in that cycle because it’s way too easy to pick up the phone and have something delivered.
Then you find yourself doing it more and more often because it makes your life a little easier.
However, if you continue on this path:
- you end up consuming A LOT more calories than you wanted to,
- there’s probably a lot more sodium (and other unwanted ingredients) in your food,
- it’s no where near as nutritious as when you make it yourself,
- and it might just add another kind of stress to you.
So how did I break free from this?
I analyzed why my “meal prep” wasn’t working, and why I was ordering so much take out and came to the following conclusion
Even though I had good intentions of spending time preparing on the weekends, the fact of the matter was that I didn’t do it
And then I:
Spent time “batch cooking” a couple of weeknights.
I spent about an hour on Mondays and Thursdays pre-cooking foods such as quinoa, rice, proteins, (chicken/turkey burgers/etc), and veggies
And by doing this, I could very easily mix-and-match meals for the next few days (for lunch and dinner).
This was something that I could easily do…and it went a whole lot better with some great music playing in the background. I actually started looking forward to doing it!
The best part is that I noticed the difference between how I felt when I ate home-cooked meals vs. take out a few times a week.
I had more energy; my stomach felt so much better; I was not as bloated; I slept better; and I even had fewer aches and pains. WOW!
After that, it was so much easier to keep up with my batch cooking and stay away from the takeout food. (still have it once in a while but not as often as I used to)
This kept me on track with my health goals, AND I also saved some money in the process. Gotta love that!
Preparing ahead of time is not that difficult and once you get into the habit of it, you truly save on time, energy and money!
Plus, you will have less stress and anxiety!
And that “What’s for dinner?” is now easily answered!
If you are not already doing so, I hope you give it a try. This is a habit that will make your life so much easier.
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