Now that I am a little over two months into my gastric sleeve life, I’ve had a chance to figure out some truths about myself.
- I hate having to think too much about what to eat for lunch
- When I come home from work, I am usually already very hungry and…
- If I am already very hungry, I don’t want to stand in front of the stove preparing dinner
So that’s when meal prepping has been a lifesaver. I’ve talked about this before, but I think it’s important enough to revisit. The worst thing for me when I am trying to lose weight is trying to figure out what to have for dinner (and then opting to just pick up takeaway instead) or going to the grocery store when I am already hungry. I get “Eyes Bigger than Stomach” syndrome. I buy too much of things I probably already have. I also buy items that I don’t actually want or need because my hunger takes over and convinces me I need them.
This is one of the reasons why I nearly always order home delivery of my groceries from a service available here in Sweden called MatHem. I’ve gotten in the habit of browsing through my cookbooks or checking out the latest recipes from my favorite food bloggers, settling on a few ideas and then ordering whatever I need to prep at least two meals that I can stretch over the week as lunch or dinner. I also make sure I have whatever snacks I need like crisp bread, yoghurt, cottage cheese, etc so that I don’t give in to my donut cravings.
If you’re trying to lose weight or you just want to make life a little easier, meal prepping is a great way to stay on track and simplify your life. I admit I am not always the most consistent meal prepper, but when I do I feel so much calmer. I don’t have to worry about whether there’s something in the fridge I can throw together or warm up because I already know what I made. I can easily put together a lunch box, knowing I already have food that I like (and that’s good for me) prepared.
So what’s on my menu this week? Cashew Nut Curry with Halloumi and Broccoli from the Cook Report. and a modified version of Slow Cooker Turkey 3-Bean Chili (I made it with ground pork and two type of beans) from Skinnytaste. I’ll probably make one more recipe this week. I’m thinking about Turkey Meatball Stroganoff (also from Skinnytaste).
Looking for meal prep ideas? Check out these blogs and sites:
- Gina Homolka at Skinnytaste offers great menu ideas every week to help make life easier. Check out this week’s menu.
- Erika at A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss has lots of recipes to try and meal plans available for purchase. Here’s one of my favorite of her recipes.
- Lindsay at Pinch of Yum shares inspiring clean-eating ideas for the spring.
- Cassie at Wholefully shows us how she plans her meal prep.
Or do you already meal prep for the week? I’d love to hear about your favorite meal prep ideas!