Prepping food the day before is one of the most powerful diet strategies. When you’ve planned ahead, you don’t get caught out by hunger or failure to have nutritious meals handy.
Preparing In Advance Is One Of The Most Powerful Diet Strategies
Plan meals and snacks in advance. Leave yourself a cushion of time to grab any ingredients you really need, or plan an alternative meal. A few cans of tuna on a shelf can go a long way to counter “I didn’t have anything healthy to eat so I grabbed fast food.”
So you want to succeed at eating healthy? You’re going to have to shop smart, plan ahead, and have meal ideas lined up in advance. That way, you’re not going to self-sabotage yourself easily. It will be easier to go along with being healthy in your choices.
Take meals to work with you – it’s hard to find healthy choices on a short lunch hour, and expensive too. When you ask office workers who lose weight about what contributed to their success, packing their own lunches is one of the diet strategies that often gets mentioned.
Planning Recipes Ahead Is A Diet Strategy
The internet is an amazing source of great meal recipes. You don’t have to limit yourself to weight loss sites either. When figuring out your advance meal planning, try some Paleo, Primal or vegetarian recipes. Experiment with some cultural cuisine if your family is up to being a bit adventurous. The key is to choose recipes that are based on fresh ingredients. Avoid those with processed ingredients such as flours, mixes and pastas as much as possible.
Choosing easy-to-cook recipes helps too. Check out some slow cooker recipes – it’s great to come home to a delicious meal that’s cooked itself while you were gone.
Google is your friend when it comes to finding healthy recipes. You can search by an ingredient, if you happen to have one on hand, a type of recipe, such as “Paleo recipes”, or something specific you have in mind, such as “curry recipes”. You can also look by meal – try searching “healthy breakfast recipes”, for example. Also check out our fat-burning soup recipe. It’s a great lunch (or dinner) choice to have in the fridge, and it’s both tasty and good for you.
Ten Healthy Staples To Keep In Stock
• Herbal teas (brew some up and keep them chilled in the fridge. Fruit herbals work well for this).
• Canned Tuna or sardines
• Lettuce or rice paper wraps (for sandwich substitutes)
• Eggs. Keep some ready hard-boiled for a quick protein hit.
• Plain yogurt or cottage cheese (mix with fresh or frozen fruit to add sweetness and flavour). Kefir can be a good choice too, think of it as yogurt in a glass.
• Slightly green bananas. They’re a source of resistant starch, which feeds the good bacteria in your gut, and also a great way to get more potassium and other nutrients in your diet.
• Pre-prepared whole grain oatmeal. Whole rolled oats or steel cut oats, mixed with a handful of nuts, a chopped apple and some cinnamon can be prepared in advance and eaten for several days for a hearty breakfast that sticks to your ribs and provides a healthy dose of soluble fiber.
• Snacking vegetables. Celery, peppers, cucumber, cauliflower florets, snap peas, carrots, radishes, cherry tomatos, and zucchini sticks are good choices. The key is to have them cleaned and prepped, ready to eat or grab and go. For bonus points, have some guacamole or nut butter ready to go with them.
• Oranges, apples, and other easy-to-grab on the go fruit.
• Gluten-free snack bars containing grains, fruit, nuts and seeds. You should be able to find options relatively low in sugar and high in fiber, under 200 calories per bar.
When a child or spouse peers in the fridge looking for something to eat, there needs to be a couple of obvious, visible choices that are ready to eat, nutritious and fresh.
Getting Past Excuses
Eating healthy isn’t just about what you put in your mouth. It’s about the self-talk you use, the rationalizations you prevent, and the way you structure your lifestyle so that making a healthy choice is easy. Good diet strategies mean planning ahead so that you don’t “slip up” habitually, but instead consistently have healthy food choices available for yourself and your family.