Every Sunday I prep my meals for 4-5 days in advance. I cook up various lean proteins: boiled eggs, chicken, fish, and ground turkey patties. I also prep my healthy carbs, like sweet potatoes, yams, brown rice, or quinoa. I sometimes even prep my veggies. I like my veggies to be as fresh as possible, so prepping veggies is optional. What I do prep fits into my meal plan(s) and I pack the food in Tupperware, so that I have quick, easy, healthy meal options. I have found that this has saved me not only time, but money too. I do not need to eat out as much, which saves lots of cash. It is also how I have managed to stay a healthy weight, have a stable blood sugar level, and feel like I have some power and control in my life.
Food prepping could add a huge health value in your life as you start to better manage your caloric intake, especially if you are really trying to change your physical body or fiscal life. According to Wellness Letter from the University of California, Berkeley, two-thirds of customers at fast-food restaurants underestimate their calorie intake, often by HUNDREDS of calories. And if you do like to train, and know exactly what and how much you are eating, then fast-food eating is going to hinder that.
A recent study in the journal BMJ found that adults consumed 836 calories per meal in fast-food settings, and those adults underestimated how much they were actually eating by over 175 calories. According to the Wellness Letter, twenty-five percent of people underestimate how many calories they are eating, when they eat out, by more than 500 calories. This type of behavior daily, or several times a week, will contribute to not only weight gain, but feelings of frustration when fitness goals are not being met.
Likewise, teens consume about 756 calories per fast food outing, contributing to a misjudged caloric intake by more than 259 calories. Ever wonder why many teens face obesity issues today? Many teens struggle with the obesity epidemic because they are not educated well enough about what is going into their mouths. The weight gain teens experience trickles into their overall self-esteem, which then creates many emotional and mental problems for them once they become young adults. As an educator, I know this all too well and I see it daily.
The good news for those of you afraid to prep or not sure how, the Affordable Care Act requires calorie labeling at fast-food restaurants. The problem now is taking the time to know, read, and decide if the calories that are being consumed truly are nutritious and serving your intentions for healthy living correctly. However, in my opinion there should be no anxiety, stress or worry about food prepping. We change this cycle of unhealthy living by getting back into the kitchen and making our own food. It is free health care if you think about it.
If you or your family need help with food management then message me for my beginner's guide to food prep. In the ebook it includes all my essential kitchen items, and how I approach the kitchen in an efficient, organized manner. The best part of my ebook are all my large batch recipes to please an entire family!