It’s 3:00 pm. I’ve been rushing through the morning trying to keep my patient alive, giving medications, performing patient assessments, updating family members, calling doctors, being called by what seems like every ancillary department in the hospital and I haven’t eaten breakfast, let alone lunch. In the scheme of things, my eating is miniscule. Or is it? Yes, and no. It’s clear to see that in the realm of what’s going on around me, eating can wait. On the other hand, going until 3:00 pm without eating creates an imbalance. Low blood sugar can create irritability, shakiness, weakness, disruption in thought and mood, sweating, fatigue, havoc on metabolism, and even loss of consciousness. Now do you see why it’s important to eat every 2-3 hours? How can you get your job done and keep your body fueled if you’re going so many hours without eating? And I don’t know about you, but when I get hungry like this, I will eat nearly anything! And usually it is far from healthy; donuts, candy, high fructose juice, you name it. Today I am going to explain to you the benefits of meal prepping.
1. Save time & money: You may think going out for dinner or walking to the cafeteria is convenient but when you look at the time spent getting there, waiting for it, and then waiting some more your bill, you’re better off spending 1-2 days a week setting yourself up for success.
2. Avoid unhealthy choices: It’s easy to eat junk if you are not prepared. Have your healthy meal ready and you have conquered half the battle. Now just eat it. ;)
3. Portion control: When we haven’t meal prepped, it’s easy to eat more than the serving size. Going out to eat? Yea, you already know the drill. The portion sizes are sometimes 4-5 times the serving size. And we wonder why we can’t lose weight.
4. Reduce stress: When I think of cooking 10 meals for the week, I felt a little overwhelmed initially, but once you start doing it, you will see it actually saves your sanity. You are trying to be healthy and that’s a constant struggle for most of us. Meal prepping takes away the unknowing of how we are going to eat healthy because we know we have our healthy meals already taken care of. Bottom line; it takes away bad judgement and thinking when it comes to our meals.
Being organized and setting yourself up to win is fundamental for success! Need help getting started? Please contact me, I’d love to help.