A Little Planning Can Have a Huge Impact
The secret to meal planning and preparation is to set aside some time that is dedicated to just that. Look at your calendar and decide what your schedule will allow.
Maybe it is three hours on Sunday afternoon. Maybe it is only one hour on Monday night. Whatever time you can commit to planning and preparing your meals will help set your week in the right direction.
Make a List
Think about what kinds of healthy foods you like and write them down.
Also think about your schedule and when you will have time to eat and where. Does your office have a refrigerator you can use to store perishable items?
Is it shared with other coworkers? If not, can you bring a lunch bag with an ice pack or do you need non-perishable food options?
These are important things to consider when planning out your meals and deciding what to prepare, as they can effect your success. It is important to manage your expectations and know your limitations.
Maybe your friend is boasting of her success with a certain lifestyle change, but if that change will not fit into your environment or match your desires, it is best not to compare yourself. Think about what is possible and what will work for you and your workplace.
Grocery shopping is key
Grocery shopping is key, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Making a list before you go to the grocery store is essential for preventing over purchasing of items you don't need and under purchasing of items you do need. Avoid going to the grocery store hungry, as most people tend to over buy things they don't need when they are feeling hungry when it is time to shop.
If you do not have the time to go to the grocery store, it is not a problem in the modern age. Many food delivery services exist so that you can complete your grocery shopping from the comfort of your home or desk and have your groceries delivered to your door. If you do not have time to visit the store, grocery delivery services are a great option.
In part 2 we’ll cover Meal Preparation Keys to Success and Meal Preparation Essentials
About the author
Gena Seraita is a Registered Dietitian based in the New York City area. She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and from the University of Delaware in 2010 where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has years of experience working in top ranked hospitals providing nutritional care to acutely ill patients which she incorporates into her overall practice. She uses her experience to help clients achieve balance and create positive relationships with food that go beyond fad diets to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Gena remains focused on providing nutritional advice that is founded in evidence-based science and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Instagram Handle: @genaseraita_rd and Twitter: @GenaSeraitaRD