When it comes to making healthy changes in your life, I think the most important primary strategy is to simply get your priorities in order.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the minutiae, especially when the resolution airwaves start blasting the blogosphere with an endless parade of “shoulds.”
Even though I’m two years richer in post-project wellness wisdom, I still fall prey to this way of thinking.
One silver lining of my SIBO diagnosis is that I’m super clear on my next steps in the New Year. There will be no flitting about with the latest detox. I’ll be taking on one of the most restrictive diets I’ve ever been on, but for a predetermined period of time, and a very clear purpose.
Still, even with this game plan, I have to think about my priorities. And when I do, I realize that I won’t have success with my new diet without first re-committing to the most important habit for maintaining it.
Yes, friends. I’m talking about batch cooking.
You may remember that I discovered through the vice detox that my food choices were all for naught if I wasn’t carving out time to cook for myself. There was no way to avoid added sugar if I was reliant primarily on packaged options in the grocery store…80 percent of which contain added sugar. And there was no way of knowing if I was properly avoiding it out at restaurants where I had no control over my meals.
I found the easiest way to become my own private chef was to make many dishes in one weekend afternoon. What trendy wellness peeps refer to as “meal prep.”
If you look at the above picture of Tetris-Tupperware colorful eating perfection and get stressed out, I GET IT.
Who has the time to cook all that stuff while juggling office fire drills, decompressing with the latest Netflix binge, and squeezing in quality time with friends away from the couch?
Ironically, I had 8 years of experience cooking many meals in one afternoon for my clients. But I reached a point during my own wellness project when I realized I wasn’t doing it for myself.
Since then, I’ve figured out how to incorporate these tactics into my own hectic life, where time is a premium and there’s no one else paying the grocery bill. The result is that my cells are no longer 50 percent pad Thai, and I can’t remember the last time I ate hummus with chips on the couch and called it dinner.
After today’s present bonanza, I’d imagine that a lot of you are going to re-shift your focus to planning for 2018. And when you do, I hope you’ll prioritize weekly home cooking somewhere towards the top of your list.
Forget crazy DIY projects and incorporating new super foods. Just cook more. Period.
To help you hit the ground running, and as a mini Christmas gift, I’ve created a free e-book that’s full of tips and tricks for how to make batch cooking a reality in the New Year.
It will help you wrap your head around recipe-planning, make shopping at the market more efficient, affordable, greener and healthier, AND give you a checklist for my equipment essentials.
I was surprised but also not, that one of the things my beta group found the most helpful about the 4 Weeks to Wellness program was the anti-meal plan meal plans. Meaning, the batch cooking recipes and how-to’s I delivered for each week.
If you want to a helping hand getting your meal prep on beyond this guide, with recipe packets that walk you exactly how to do it in the kitchen, the 4 Weeks to Wellness program is a fabulous place to start.
I’m curious though: would a weekly batch cooking plan with recipes, shopping lists, and breakdown of prep be something you’d be interested in receiving as a super affordable membership service? I’ve gotten a few requests to continue with this part of the program on an on-going basis. I’d love to know if you’re also interested in a meal prep membership program!
What is your number one healthy eating resolution? Tell me in the comments!
From one healthy hedonist, to another,
HOW TO MEAL PREP LIKE A PRO: FREE GUIDE