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!