Exercise and diet go hand and hand in everyones journey to live a healthy life. Everyone has different goals and a different means of reaching them but diet is the key that will play the most important role in your fitness journey. Meal prep (aka meal preparation) is preparing meals to consume at a later time. By prepping your meals, you are essentially making sure you have a meal ready so that you don’t make bad choices that will compromise your goals. All of us have had that meal where we were starving and just looking for the easiest and quickest option around. Unfortunately, this usually ends up being fast food or junk food and will deter you from reaching your goals. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Im pretty sure he wasn’t referring to planned meals when he said this but such great quotes can be tied to many different aspects of our lives.
People always ask me how I meal prep. I also like to ask whoever does meal prep what they do for their routine. What I have learned is that there is no right or wrong way to meal prep. There is NO ONE right way, there is only the right way for you. The information I provide here is what I have learned through my diet journey. When I was younger, bulking and cutting were always my two goals and I could eat the same thing every single day and get the results that I wanted. Getting older, my goals have changed and I focus more on general health and well being more than anything else. I know I need variety in my foods (or I get bored) and I am always pressed for time so I really focus on being efficient with my planning.
You need to prepare food for your schedule, your workouts, your nutritional knowledge, and whatever your goals are. Some people learn from emulating others and what they do for their success. However, some people try to follow a program and they fall off within a week of trying for whatever reason. For me, meal prep is just a part of my life and a vital part of my journey to live a healthy life.
Meal prep is important, now what do I do?
In order to meal prep, you need to prepare your food beforehand so that it is ready to consume whenever you plan on eating it. In order to do this, you want to plan out your meals for the near future. Create a shopping list of whatever you plan on eating and cook it all up in one big batch. I really suggest keeping it simple your first few tries and then adjust accordingly. Most balanced meal plans call for a meat (beef, chicken, pork, fish, etc…), a starch (rice, potatoes, quinoa, bread, etc..) and a veggie (asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel srouts, etc…).
After preparing the food, you would need a container to store it in. Our Fitpacker containers are affordable, easy to reheat, safe BPA free plastic, easy to transport, and nice to eat out of. A lot of criteria where I feel our containers really hit the mark and truly offer the best option for meal prepping. Other things that will be useful include a digital scale, measuring cups and spoons, lots and lots of seasonings, and a plan.
Cook. Store. Eat. Rinse. Repeat.
If you have made it this far with reading my writing, you definitely have the motivation and I wish you the best in achieving your goals. We will be updating this blog with all sorts of content in regards to meal prep, nutrition, health along with recipes and tips/tricks. Our goal at Fitpacker is to be the ultimate source for all of your meal prep needs.