Meal Prep Your Way to Success!
Meal prepping to me, is not about just whipping up a bunch of tasteless items and only eating this for the week, instead I like to make it fun and cook foods that I actually enjoy eating. Smart food choices often falls upon our preparation. How often do you find yourself during a good streak of eating and just fail to keep it rolling because of lack of preparation? It’s far too common and I want to help you give meal prepping a try and see how incredibly it works for our bodies.
I get it, we all do not want to eat like robots, the same thing over and over again, with the lack of social life of joining friends for dinner. That is not what I am saying here, I am a huge believer in balance where we have to treat our bodies good and fuel our bodies good, but we still all deserve to have fun and enjoy a variety of things in life.
In the picture above, I went with one of my weekly go to’s, cooking on a sunday night getting ready for the week ahead. For the proteins pictured above is ground turkey and I seasoned it with reduced sodium taco seasoning. This is delicious every time and can be used in a variety of ways throughout the week, such as for a taco salad, or lettuce wraps. In the other skillet I got a little bit of ground buffalo, which is a tasty lean red meat. I typically will do a either ground buffalo or lean ground beef, and season it with some garlic powder and add in some Ms. Dash seasoning on top. It is important for me to mix it up, so each week I like to vary up what i am eating for my protein, whether it be chicken, turkey, beef, fish, pork, I love getting a solid variety to keep my taste buds flowing.
For the veggies, I went with mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower. This is a good mix to add as a side item to the proteins, to give it a well balanced plate. I love spicy sauces and foods so I seasoned my veggies with the extra spicy Ms. Dash. Also, I have some broccoli slaw and carrots on the side, and my eggs for the mornings. It is important that we eat a good amount of vegetables, because they are loaded with nutrients and your body will thank you. One thing is for sure, I am always feeling and looking my best when veggies are a big part of my nutrition plan.
Now, the meal prep I did above is for a very low carbohydrate diet, and I find that many of my clients and I feel our best and leanest when we stick to eating this way. Also, the low carbohydrates is great because it helps keep our blood sugars much more stable. I will still prep and mix in complex carbohydrates such as berries, ezekiel toast, or even sweet potatoes from time to time. And I always make sure to have some fast acting glucose on board just in case of an emergency.
If you are unable to meal prep or just cannot dig the Betty Crocker out of your inner self, then I suggest looking into a meal prep delivery services. There are a ton of service out there nowadays, so research around and see what looks like a good fit for you. The biggest thing about meal prepping is that you are preparing yourself for success. It is too easy to lose track and cheat on your diabetes and goals if you are not prepared, by stuffing your face with whatever you can get your hands on. So I highly suggest you give meal prepping a try, and make it fun by cooking the healthier foods that you love. It is about progress, not perfection, so give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
I do not meal prep every day, I will often eat on the go and Audrey and I love to go out to eat, but it is important that we always do our best to try to make the smarter decisions. We are human and we are going to cave in and make mistakes, that’s OK, just try and keep this far less than more. As diabetics, it is crucial that we get our weight in check and fuel our bodies with good nutrients. There is no one way fits all when it comes to eating, as everyone is different, so make sure to talk with your doctor/ dietician to see what advice they have for you.