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Welcome to Part 3 of my Skipping Meals series! Today I will be talking about lack of preparation or time when it comes to skipping meals. I’ll also be sharing some recipe ideas to help you get food into your belly with ease. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, please read those first before diving into today’s post:
- Part 1: Why Skipping Meals Leads to Binging and Overeating
- Part 2: Balancing Blood Sugar by Nourishing Our Bodies Early in the Day
Skipping Meals Due to Lack of Preparation or Time
One of the big reasons that so many women (and men) skip breakfast in the morning is because of lack of time or preparation. We often think of breakfasts as having to be these very big, time-consuming meals and that is the last thing we have time for on a busy morning. So many of us wake up and hit the ground running without much time to think about food.
That’s why preparation is key! Someone once said that “a failure to plan is a plan to fail.” That is so true in all aspects of life. When it comes to eating healthy, nourishing food in today’s hectic world, preparation is going to be a life-saver. I use a method called “batch cooking” where I will make a large batch of different recipes and then portion them up for later dates and store them in the fridge or freezer.
Preparing meals for the week doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. As a matter of fact, it’s something that I personally do every week and I strongly encourage my clients to do as well. Those that take the time to prepare food for the week on Sunday (or whatever day works into your schedule) will find themselves better equipped to stick with their health plans and meet their health and life goals.
Remember, this can be easy. You don’t need any fancy equipment, membership services, etc. All you need is a pen, piece of paper, quick trip to the store, and a little extra time on one day of the week. Your goal is going to be to create a list that shows you exactly what you can eat for breakfast each day of the week (bonus points and sanity-saving if you plan out lunches and dinners too). But for the sake of this article, we’re talking about breakfast.
I personally try to do a round of batch cooking on Sundays (sometimes every other Sunday depending on what my freezer is stocked with). I spend a couple hours preparing things that can easily be reheated for breakfasts and lunches. I typically cook dinner fresh a couple times per week and then we will eat the leftovers for the next night’s dinners.
I really try to keep it simple. I am in a stage of life where I am busy and I don’t have time to do a lot of cooking like I used to. So having my fridge and freezer stocked with fast and easy meals that need little or no preparation the day of is a life-saver for me. Investing a couple hours per week into creating meals that I can eat throughout the upcoming week is what helps keep me on track with my health goals.