As I’m on holiday at the moment, I’m taking the easy way out and recycling one of my old newsletters. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram on a Sunday evening, you’ve likely seen the posts from fitness accounts that showcase carefully-portioned tupperware containers for the week. On one hand, this may inspire you to be organised about eating healthy, but all that monotony and pre-planning may equally depress you.
My beliefs on food prep fall somewhere in the middle. If you have any physique- or performance-related goals, I think it’s very important to be organised about your food intake. If you leave it to chance, you will just reach for the most convenient option – which isn’t always the healthiest choice. It can also help during the holiday season, as when you already have prepared your food, you are less likely to gorge on the party buffet all night.
That said, I think preparing an entire week’s worth of meals at once can be overkill. I can promise you that by the time you get to the end of the week, you will be gagging when you have to eat five-day-old chicken breast.
It’s important to allow room for flexibility within a diet plan, whether that means eating out in a restaurant, grabbing a take-away lunch or accepting a gift of food from a friend occasionally. Unless you are mere weeks out from a bodybuilding competition, it is unnecessary to lug tupperware with you 24/7. It is possible to eat on the fly and make healthy choices that won’t negatively affect your progress.
I personally like to prepare a batch of meat and vegetables every three days, which I eat for lunch and occasionally dinner. Each prep session takes about 30 minutes, and a lot of that time is idle baking time.
I prefer to make my dinner fresh when I have the time. However, it’s not always possible – and that’s where food prep is a lifesaver. Although it is tempting to just grab something on my way home, I would pile on the pounds given the amount of delicious food available in France (where I live most of the time).
I make my breakfast fresh every day, which takes me a maximum of three minutes if I’m having eggs or about 30 seconds if I’m having yoghurt and granola. Dinner usually takes 15 to 20 minutes. Lunch is always eaten out of tupperware. No shame here.
In conclusion, you will feel more motivated and see better progress if you plan at least half of your meals for the week in advance, but you won’t revert backwards if you occasionally save your next tupp meal for later.
Do you do a weekly meal prep?