In the US, this week marks the coming of supermarket deals and master savings on electronics, jewelry and toys!! It could only be the week of what we call Thanksgiving! A day that represents a lot of different things to different people, but one common piece of knowledge is that food is involved! Now these means, plates upon plates, and even deserts the day of ...and maybe leftovers 2-3 days afterwards! When I was younger, I loved shredding turkey, adding bar-b-q sauce, and making a sandwhich for school! But times have changed, and because I don't believe in over indulging, today I will set you up for success! When I started my healthy journey, one major tool I learned to uphold in my life, is the art of meal prepping! What is meal prep you ask? Well, I choose a slot of time (no more than 40 minutes) on a Saturday or Sunday to cook my meals and prepare snacks for the whole week. Not only is it efficient, but you also save money doing this. You don't have to run out and buy food every time you're hungry because you have food to grab and go, whether at home or out and about. Secondly, it ensures that you are staying focused on eating clean. Thirdly, it teaches you about discipline, which will spill over into other areas of your life. I usually pick a protein, 2 veggies, and a whole grain. This week was chicken breast, kale, broccoli, cous cous, and brown rice. After cooking all the items at once, I scoop a little of the sides, and place them in a container, along with my chicken and there you have it! Now, in a week like Thanksgiving, meal prepping is important because it keeps me on track. Now of course I am going to eat the day of Thanksgiving, but that's it for me! No leftovers because I already have my meal prep! Researchers say that Americans gain an average of 10lbs between thanksgiving and Christmas! Is it worth it? Food is amazing, but should never overpower your will. There's nothing wrong with getting A LITTLE of everything, just be mindful of what actions much counteract your indulgences. Are you going to do some High Intensity Impact training that morning so that your metabolism is up and going? Are you going to be drinking lots of water that day to purify yourself, and make sure you don't get your thirst confused for hunger? Will you lead a family exercise after dinner so everyone could burn off some calories? Are you going to make sure that no matter what you still get a lot of dark green veggies during dinner? These are some of the precautions you can take! Food and family is powerful, but glutton does no one victory! Exhibit self control, and I know you will be proud! It will be worth it, and maybe you will be a healthy influence on your family and friends!
What are you going to make for meal prep this week?