One of the biggest obstacles to healthy eating is time. After working 8-9 hours, we still have errands to run, kids to pick up, activities to attend, homework, chores, etc, etc, etc. There are days when I think if I have to make another decision my head might explode.
Eating should not stress us out, but so often it does. When we are rushed and don’t have a plan, ordering a pizza or grabbing fast food feels like the only option. Before I joined Weight Watchers (this last time) in 2009, we didn’t each much of anything that was fresh. We ate foods from a box, the freezer, or take out (pizza/burgers/chinese etc). We didn’t really love what we were eating, but I didn’t know any other way.
A lot has changed in 5 years, but let’s keep it real. I still don’t want to spend hours each night cooking. Dinner still needs to be quick and easy. I’m still tired when I get home from work. Having the same conversation every night about what to have for dinner was making me crazy. It’s taken me a long time to figure it out, but I’ve learned ways to eat at home more. We are eating healthier. The best part is that I’ve learned ways to make eating at home easy enough that I don’t want fast food anymore!
I’m no expert, but I can tell you things that have worked for us. The key is to identify things that you do over and over and find a way to make them easier. I think it would be overwhelming to try to tell you everything I do all in one post, so I’m going to break it up in categories. Here are some of the posts you’ll see in the near future:
- Meal Prep with Meat – Ground Beef/Turkey
- Meal Prep with Meat – Chicken
- Prep that Produce
- Meal Kits
- Pack those Snacks
- Bread, Bagels, & Buns, Oh My!
- Breakfast Like a Boss
- Make-Ahead Meals
I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite way to make your meal prep easier?