As my friend Justin Timberlake one said — “I’m bringing meal prep back.”
He said something like that. I dunno. It doesn’t matter.
Meal prep is meant to be a simplifying strategy, designed to make healthy eating quick and effortless throughout the week.
But when you’re spending one of your two precious free weekend afternoons slaving over a hot stove, slicing veggies, steaming rice, and making ground beef for the 8th week in a row — the whole meal-prep, healthy thing can start to feel more like it’s adding to your stress instead of taking it away.
It’s time to bring sexy back to meal prepping: tasty, good food that is good for you. And that is kind to your wallet.
Speaking of sexy, I hooked up with my bud and meal prep superstar Talia Koren (@workweeklunch) to go through her 5 steps of meal prep.
I started implementing some of her suggestions almost immediately. I’ve cut down my grocery shopping from about $110/week to about $80/week and actually having more fun prepping. (I never thought I would ever say that. In fact — let’s keep that between us. I don’t want my street cred to be affected.)
In this post and four more to follow, we will discuss the 5 steps of Meal Prep.
Without further ado, Step 1:
Step 1 — Goals & Schedule
Now your goals don’t have to be super ambitious like lose 50 lbs or put on 20 lbs of muscle. They can be simple — like cook more meals at home — or not spend my entire paycheck at Whole Foods.
Pick the reason why you want to prep and keep it at the top of your mind. Without this reason — it all falls apart.
Secondly — meal prep is not an all or nothing idea. You can prep 5 meals per week. Or 10 meals. You don’t have to prep each meal of each week.
In the back half of this video, Talia and I discuss how to use your calendar to determine the number of meals you want to make.
You can watch us live here:
To learn more about my anti-diet approach to weight loss, you can download my free E-book, the Diet Terminator. You can download it here: https://www.strengthlete.com/pages/the-diet-terminator