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Food is Fuel

Hey guys it’s me, Shay!  As I sat down to write this week’s blog, it dawned on me.  No, not the topic of discussion.  The fact that I was super hungry.  But don’t worry, I prepare 12 meals a week for lunches and dinners, Monday- Saturday.  So I’m just going to pop my cod lunch in the microwave and I’ll be eating in T-2 minutes!  It’s amazing what putting aside a few hours one day a week to cook food can do.  It wasn’t too long ago that I would have just sat here starving for a few minutes until I decided to actually cook a meal.  I would grab whatever meat was in the fridge (usually chicken) and I would attempt to quickly season it.  But when I grabbed the chicken I also grabbed a bag of grapes and would slowly but surely finish off the bag while I cooked my chicken.  Then as I look for rice to put on the side, I find some honey roasted cashews in the pantry and munch on those too because, duh PROTEIN!  I continue cooking my chicken, boil water for the rice, and after the longest 30 minutes of my life, my nutritious lunch was ready!  But unfortunately for me and my belly, I wasn’t starving like I thought I was anymore.  You can bet your bottom dollar I still devoured my meal because I was proud that I cooked it, and I wanted to post a picture on Facebook of my #healthy chicken and rice.  Once I could hardly breathe, I told myself it’s okay, it’s just some fruit and extra protein, I’ll do sprints tomorrow at the gym.  The next day I do extra cardio and abs and I feel great!  Until I realize how incredibly hungry I am, even though I just ate a banana before I got to the gym!  I thought since I ate so much yesterday that if I start over, eat a little less and run a little more I’ll feel better!  That was never the case.  This was me almost everyday.  

Until one day I decided to start planning my meals ahead of time just so I wasn’t starving by the time I could actually eat.  After doing that for awhile, I finally gave into social medias newest, most amazing thing ever, “meal prepping”.  I would cook dinners and lunches for a couple of days at a time so I was certain everything stayed fresh.  I was always prepared, and I stopped snacking mindlessly on “healthy snacks”.  This ”meal prepping” thing became addicting, and it quickly became a weekly routine for me.  I found myself staying fuller longer, completely finishing workouts without hearing my stomach growl or getting lightheaded,  I was eating out less and saving money!  

If you’re always busy, which I know most of you are, put some time aside for you.  No one has to be Gordon Ramsey.  I’m just saying take a few hours a week to prepare some nutritious meals. Your belly will thank you later.  You can’t out train a poor diet!  Don’t eat less, just eat smart!

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