In this article, we are presenting you an experience of Stephanie Eckelkamp, who succeed to find the way how to manage her healthy diet for a week. Her schedule is too busy, especially in the morning when she is always practically running of time, as her responsibility is also to walk her dog a couple miles, which makes her free time in the morning even shorter. The only what she is able to do is to shovel down a breakfast and maybe to grab a piece of fruit or two for work.
She used to spend too much money on a lunch from the cafeteria, which has the great healthy options (but it is very expensive) or survived on the random snacks in her office that are also healthy, but her body was starving still for real nutrients.
She experimented a lot how to break that lifestyle:
– She raised her Goal: Eating a healthy balanced lunch every single day and saving some money.
– Made a plan: Cooking or preparing a bunch of food for the week every Sunday
- Being overly ambitious isn’t always wise.
She first made all of her meals (lunches, dinners, and maybe even breakfasts) ahead, which allowed her to save so much time during the week. Besides the enjoying in cooking, her ability has helped her to spend only about two hours for meal prep on Sundays.
Here’s how she succeeded: she cooked and packed all of her lunches for the upcoming week. She was focused on preparing meals rich in protein, such an entire roast chicken and sometimes a big pan of roasted veggies, which can be added to many dishes.
For dinners she planned meals with some meat or fish and veggies that are pre-chopped—but not actually cooked.
From the beginning, she even made some breakfasts, but then she realized that her breakfasts are pretty quick to prepare (throwing together anyway, such a banana with peanut butter), she stopped to do this regularly.
- Making your food last longer and reduce waste
She is, also paying more attention on how to pack the food in order to reduce the waste of the containers, investing in a larger set of re-usable glass containers.
As all prepared food is not consumed completely and sometimes cannot be stored, this leftover of food is usually throwing out in the bin. In order to avoid throwing the food, she prepared the food that can last longer and can be stored in some containers.
- You need to be making more soup.
She is focused on preparing veggies, roasted chicken and hardboiled eggs, sliced veggies for snacks, and soups. Her favorite meals are soups, as they are easy to prepare, tossing some random ingredients into a pot with vegetable broth or simmering chicken. For instance, she prepares Butternut squash and apple soup that is made creamy with an immersion blender, and a simple combo of kale, Italian sausage, and sweet potato. After cooking she loads them into glass containers for easy reheating.
- Meal prep is kind of meditative.
As the meals that she prepared are easy to make, that don’t require complicated recipes, which in another hand reduces stress out of cooking. That is how she succeeds to prepare foods in two-hour prep and besides that when that routine ended up she is feeling mentally refreshed, not depleted.
- If you commit, you will save money.
By calculating her spending she found out that her saving is a total of $25 a week ($100 in a month, or $1200 in a year).
Another benefit of this way of dieting, besides saving money and time is losing weight, so she lost up to 15 pounds WITHOUT special dieting.