For years I struggled with my weight. And, almost every client (99%) that I work with also struggles to maintain their healthy weight. Because — it’s hard!
I say healthy weight because there are a lot of diets, weight programs, etc that may help us lose weight — but most of them do not help us 1) keep the weight off and 2) lose the weight in a healthy and natural way.
One natural and easy way to lose and keep off the weight is my 3 step method: plan, prepare and batch cook.
Since the Pandemic, for some of us (myself included), staying home more is “normal life” now. So, the fact that our food must be prepared and ready for us – really became a personal reminder to me.
And, when we reach the weight that is good for us with healthy eating and drinking– for the longterm we set ourselves up for preventing major chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer — and for the short term (I call THE side effect), we feel GREAT!
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Ayurvedic Proverb.
We all have busy schedules, which means that when it comes to picking out our meals, we opt for fast and convenient over nutritious and delicious. As a way to combat this, meal planning comes into play.
So I incorporate my “batch cooking.” For example, you can roast veggies in one batch and keep them in the fridge for 3-4 days. Eat them as a snack, part of a meal or a side.
Meal planning is popular among bodybuilders and workout aficionados who like counting calories, but it’s a helpful habit for literally EVERY BODY. So many people I work with (myself included!) reach for the healthy food when it’s delicious and we experience its incredible benefits to our mind AND body.
Think about this, how much easier would your life be if you could just reach into the fridge to grab a prepared, pre-proportioned meal or snack throughout the day? By planning for meals and snacks to come, you’ll not only save yourself some stress (“what will I eat for dinner?!”), but you’ll likely save money, too!
Do you struggle with meal planning and batch cooking — on the what and how to make delicious food and when to find the time —book a call with me and let’s talk!
Meal planning is typically done for a week at a time, but let yourself start a little smaller and begin with three days. This means nine meals, and probably about six snacks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be! Meal planning can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be and it can and must be FUN.
Here’s a simple plan to inspire you:
Breakfast: overnight oats with frozen berries, honey, chia seeds, and sliced almonds or a nut butter of your choice.
Snack #1: an apple with nut butter.
Lunch: whole wheat pita pocket stuffed with salad, a protein of your choice, and a vinaigrette salad dressing.
Snack #2: air-popped popcorn with nutritional yeast.
Dinner: sautéed greens, roasted carrots, brown rice with lentils, protein of your choice.
Dessert: fresh fruit, whipped cream (vegan ones are good too) with cinnamon.
How’s that sound?! Need more ideas? Reply to this email! And/or book a call with me and let’s talk! I have hundreds of recipes and resources for your batch cooking — and all of them are easy to make, delicious and will help you lose weight and add to your optimal health.
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Happy + FUN Meal Planning and healthy eating.
Christine Quinn/Badass Women Optimal Healthy Living
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Great idea to start meal prep with just 3 days at a time! I have tried to meal prep for a full week before and found it overwhelming!