Pongo Power Presents: Healthy Hacks! Tips And Tricks From Our Team of Personal Trainers to Help You Live Your BEST Life!
When making changes to your lifestyle, it can be tempting to let a sudden burst of motivation push you to alter several behaviors at once. Maybe this means you go from zero to sixty; sedentary to active; eating junk food to eating healthy quite suddenly.
What happens when that motivation fades; and you begin to feel it’s so much easier to sleep in than it is to go to the gym, or order in pizza for dinner instead of cooking a healthy meal?
This is why we recommend starting with one behavioral change at a time. Keep it simple.
Pick a day where you prep your meals for to help ensure healthy eating! Sunday is a good day for most people. Meal prep involves a lot of planning, but has a huge payoff!
I’ve been preparing my meals for over two years now.
Six to seven days out of the week I have meals ready to heat and eat. There are many benefits to meal preparation, however I initially began in efforts to boost my energy. Even though I was eating what I thought were three balanced meals a day, I was shorting myself of vital macronutrients that my body needed to function optimally. I often found that I was crashing by 3pm. I now eat 3-4 truly balanced meals per day and have more energy to do what I love, I’m leaner, and I save money. You too can have this by following some basic meal prep insights.
Some benefits I have noticed since starting my meal prep journey:
- I don’t have to wonder where my food is coming from from an ecological or geographical perspective. I bought it, cooked it days prior, and the meal is prepared and ready for me to eat. Not only does it save me time, I don’t have to research what I will eat, travel or wait for food to be delivered in hope that it is sufficient to my needs.
- I’m sure that I’m getting the calories and macronutrients necessary to fuel me up for my day. Whether it's a workout, training clients, meetings, studying, or a long commute, I am sure that I will feel satisfied after eating. I don’t overfeed or underfeed because my portions are already calculated for my dietary requirements. This takes out any mystery as to whether or not my meal was sufficient.
- I save money buying food and preparing it in bulk. It costs me about $100-$150/week to eat 3-4 sufficient meals, thats about $20/day, or $5 per meal! I can then treat myself to a special meal over the weekend, go out with friends, use the money for trips and travel, or simply save money!
Instead of trying to prep all meals, begin with the most important meal of the day: breakfast!
After you’ve got breakfast locked down, venture into prepping your lunch and dinner, too, with these three simple and delicious recipes to cook in bulk.
Looking for something to have on hand, to curb a sweet tooth when it hits? Check out our 15-minute-prep protein cookie recipe.