Be prepared! That's my number one piece of advice for surviving the holidays. With a good healthy eating plan in place, it's actually possible to survive all of the decadent treats that the holidays have to offer.
I personally find that meal prepping is a major key to my weight loss and healthy eating success. When you find those moments when there are free meals at work or trays of fudge and cookies show up, it makes it a little easier to say no when you have a game plan in place. I don't like wasting time, money or food. So when I plan my meals ahead of time, I don't want to toss it aside to choose food that randomly shows up at work that's not really worth the calories. And when I'm really hungry, I tend to make bad decisions. But having meals already prepared, and having a plan in place, helps keep me on track and stops me from chugging that eggnog.
In all honesty, being prepared and having meals prepped doesn't take as long as it seems. From start to finish I prepared all of these meals in two hours -- just two hours to have lunches and dinners done for an entire week, that's not bad at all
For this week, I prepared:
- Grilled chicken breast with Flavor God Seasoning
- Baked cod with lemon and dill
- 99% fat-free ground turkey
- Steamed asparagus
- Steamed broccoli
- Baked Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar
- Baked butternut squash with cheese seasoning
- Egg white spinach omelets
This may not be the most exciting menu on earth, but it works very well for me. Pinterest has a lot of great recipe ideas for meal prepping including a number of uses for crockpots and Instant Pots.
Just today, the kitchen at work was filled with free pizza and cake for a retirement party, and while I was tempted, I walked right past it and popped my chicken, broccoli, and butternut squash lunch into the microwave, and moved on. None of the guilt, all because I was prepared.
Snacks are a super important part of being prepared too! I always keep fruit on hand, like sliced apples, bananas and grapes. Cottage cheese and hardboiled eggs are pretty handy to have on hand in the fridge, and I also keep single serving packets of almond butter in my purse.
I know I'm not going to say no to cookies and cake EVERY time, but not giving in every time it's around makes a difference. Not only for your physical health but for your mental health too.
You can make choices this month that you won't be regretting in January, it just takes a little preparation. You got this!
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