You’ve made it to the final day of the 5-day Challenge, Amazing Well Done for keeping up the consistency
Do you remember when we were kids, how our mums packed lunches and snacks for us? When we were babies, they never left home without a bottle and our baby food. That’s because Mum knew that we needed a steady supply of nutrients to get big and strong, and to thrive!
But somewhere between high school and our first job, it got ‘cooler’ to go out to eat with our friends and Mum had to pack our thermos and lunchbox away.
And then something started to happen. We noticed our pants weren’t fitting quite right. And even after miles on the treadmill and hours in fitness classes, the eating out and late night cereal started to add up. We realized we needed a new system to stay on track with our fitness goals, look our best and avoid those mid-morning energy crashes.
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If you’ve been on any social media lately, you’ll notice a trend in the food prepping sphere. All kinds of big accounts are teaching and preaching the simple art of food prepping.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail” makes sense when it comes to our bodies, and the way we take care of them.
There are many different ways to approach your food prepping.
For example, some people like to prep their food in one fell swoop and have all their main meals ready to go in advance. Others like to prep a few staples and do some light cooking on a daily basis. And still others (and me some weeks when I’m really busy) travel a lot, or just don’t cook much and prefer to have a simple solution of shortcuts that nourish them on the go.
Whatever approach you have for how you get your food prepared, having food that’s ready in the morning to simply pack into a couple containers gives you more time to sleep, more time to enjoy your coffee and eggs, and more money in your pocket.
Yep, that’s right – having your food plan in place is a big money saver. Even if your grocery bill is £50-70 a week, you could spend that much – and most likely more – eating out 3 times a day for 3 days. And that’s if you were doing it cheap. When you add it up with tips and not to mention the appetizers you ordered and probably wouldn’t have had at home, your restaurant bill can add up fast.
The best part about having your own healthy food ready to go is the difference it makes to your waistline. I have never been in better shape than when I am organized in this area (exactly why I created the different eating styles). It’s super frustrating to do all those workouts and not see changes to your body. 9 times out of 10 that difference happens from the way we eat.
A. Pick your proteins. You’ll want proteins for breakfast, lunches and dinners. If you’re training regularly, consider including a quality protein powder to add to fun recipes like pancakes or muffins, or have in a green smoothie or protein shake.
Some good proteins include:
-black beans, red beans, navy beans, white beans
B.Pick your carbs. I usually opt for 2 main carbs per week and make a big batch.
Some good carbs include:
– sweet potatoes
-bread (gluten free or sprouted for me)
-fruit (I always have fruit on hand for snacks and green smoothies – some frozen, and some fresh. I like to buy the more expensive berries frozen so they don’t go bad)
C. Choose healthy fats. Have a couple good quality cooking oils on hand, like olive oil and coconut oil. Be sure to pick up some quality fats to include with your proteins and greens.
Some good fats include:
D. Choose greens/veggies. I was never a big fan of cooking a lot of vegetables. I like sauteeing up some spinach or supergreens with a little garlic for breakfast, but I’d rather have a big mixed greens salad, and Green Smoothies make my life awesome. Whatever you prefer, the important thing is to get those daily greens in your body. We need the phytonutrients, vitamins and compounds they contain.
Some good veggies/greens include:
-parsley, mint, basil or other fresh herbs
-cucumber, celery, sugar snaps or other crunchy veggies
-sugar snap peas
Even if you don’t do food prep often, or prefer to buy your food already made, taking something with you for the day is a better option than eating out every day.
And that’s what Day 5 of this 5-day challenge is all about – bring something with you so you’re not stuck eating out of a vending machine, tempted by the cupcakes or donuts your co-workers brought in, or ordering something greasy and fatty for lunch because you haven’t eaten all day and you’re starving.
Sticking to No added sugar from Day 1 will be a breeze if you’re in charge of your food all day. And taking your green smoothie with you from Day 2 already means you’ve got at least one great thing to pack and go. Be sure to drink enough water to get the benefits of all those nutrients you’re eating from our Day 3 hydration challenge. And mixing up your food like we did in the Day 4 variety challenge will ensure you get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Thanks for taking the 5-day Challenge with me!
I created this challenge for myself actually, when I was trying to really zero in on those “small hinges” that swing big doors of health and results. This challenge helped me really tune into some good practices that make a difference in how I feel and look.
How did you feel taking the challenge? Share in the Facebook group and let me know how this challenge helped you!
I have lost weight, I feel lighter, more energetic, more focused, needing less sleep, my cravings have reduced. I have found ways to improve or distract my craving moments. My knowledge and understanding around food and nutrition has improved immensely. I am training more consistently and I am enjoying my training better as I am seeing the best results I have seen on over 10 years. It is an all-round success and I am only in my third month. I have a big goal by Christmas and I am on track. I am now setting my goals for 2020 and beyond.- Damien Finnegan
I am so glad I started the program before this trip, so that I can make some good food choices, like swapping out sandwiches at lunch for Salads and in the evening changing pizza for fish dishes. From last week I felt my clothes fitting better and this week notice the extra energy levels. I’ve lost 5kg in the last two weeks!!!!.- Narinder Ruprai