Creating and managing new healthy and existing habits can be a challenge at times and from my previous blog, you know it's completely normal to have the self doubt creep in and you begin to lose your motivation! We've all been there!
One way we can blast through that slump is fueling our bodies. You know that feeling, we've not been so good with the meal prep and our fridge is empty when we come in from a long day. We're starting to feel HANGRY. You're past the point of caring now so you find a quick fix, a sneaky bit of choc in the back of the cupboard or the mind takes over and tells you to order a take away.
That familiar cycle can play on our energy levels and our resilience in doing anything! The amount of times I've had contact from clients telling me they're having a bad day or week and when I ask them what they'e been eating...voila, food is the main culprit!
If I have to choose 2 top things to help with any habit forming, I have to say it's sleep and choosing the right foods that make us feel energised. With energy we feel like we can take on the world (well I do) or tackle those tasks that feel overwhelming when we're tired!
As you know, I talk a lot about self love and self care. Self care isn't all about having a massage or treating yourself to a nap but instead scheduling in some time to do some meal prep so your week runs more smoothly! Self care isn't always the easy option.
How do you think your week would look like when you have planned your meals, shopped for them and you're able to take the decision fatigue away when you walk through the door or you have a healthy snack waiting for you when you hit that afternoon energy dip. The juggle of life may feel a little more balanced? With energy, you view your world with different eyes.
When I know i'm going through a busier time and struggle to manage the juggle or i've lost my mojo for cooking, I pay someone else to do the thinking and planning for me to free my head up. There are more and more of the meal prep services cropping up and after trying a few, for my local Perth readers, I use Dinner Twist!
All your ingredients and recipes get delivered to your door ready for you to cook and enjoy. My daughter gets just as excited as me as we unpack the box! They save me so much time and I get excited to cook recipes i've not tried before. It's a time saver and takes that decision fatigue away!!!
I love Dinner Twist because they are local to Perth using local ingredients and it has a gluten free option! The recipes are also nutritionally balanced and no refined sugars hiding in ready made sauces! They are also conscious about using very little packaging which is a winner for me. It makes me run for the hills when I see so much packaging used, not at a time when we know what we do about our planet. If you'd like to check them out, just click here.
For those of you who aren't local to Perth. Just search for Wholefood Delivery Kits and see what you find.
Some other handy tips for peal prep.....
- Plan your meals during the weekend or when you have more time and are not low on energy. Our decision making process is so much more efficient when we have more energy.
- Only shop for things on your list so you're not tempted to go off on a tangent, give yourself too much choice and then have to make the decision when your tired.
- Plan in quick, familiar meals for the week and save the experimental and creative cooking for when you have more time.
- Use your freezer - bulk cook and make sure you have those tubs ready for the leftovers. When your're having a bad day, your freezer becomes your best friend. I even freeze some of my raw treats.
- Whip out the slow cooker! There's nothing like coming home to a slow cooked meal smell, creating something nutritious with leftovers for the freezer. It cooks your meal slowly so it retains the nutrients from your food. Get creative online and look up some slow cooker recipes. I like to also cook a joint of meat at the weekends with the slow cooker so I have meat for the rest of the week. Great tip if you're not vegan or vegetarian!
- Be mindful during your meal prep. You may see it as something on your To Do list but by enjoying the smells and the creations you can make can create some fun in the kitchen. Focus on feeling grateful that we have this beautiful food at our finger tips to fuel our body. Changing your mindset might get you excited about the new recipes you are cooking up!!!
Final Tip..... practice meal prep and be playful with what works for you! Practice will make it so much easier and you'll create your own shortcuts!