If it was up to Illidan, he would be right every single time he said “You are not prepared!!!”.
That’s why it’s your job to prove him wrong!
Before I even start covering how I meal prep, shop, or stomp Illidans face…I want to make it clear that I don’t meal prep because I don’t know how to eat properly. That would just be silly. Regardless of if I’m meal prepping or not, I would be following Paleo Guidelines while still using Bulletproof Coffee for my intermittent fasting.
Meal prepping for me is so much more then that. It saves me tons of money, makes life easier, allows me to portion with ease, and even limits me by giving me no excuse to not eat right!
You’ve probably started seeing some Meal Prep businesses showing up locally, online or even on commercials. That’s because it works! The great thing about it is, you can do it yourself easily! Here’s what some of my meal prepping looks like:
Meal Prep Day: Sundays
Meal Prep Total Hours: 3-4
Meal Prep Price: $30-60 (Obv depends on the portions/vegetables/protein/etc.)
Total Meals: 12 (Generally Friday or Saturday I do a carb re-load and mornings I have my coffee)
Meal Restrictions: Following Paleo Guidelines, and restricting Dairy completely (even on carb re-load)
The first step is action…
Meal prepping is easy, but it’s also not going to be perfect the first time you do it. Don’t expect to buy exactly the right amount of food, have exact portions, and know exactly what you’re doing…You are not prepared….yet!
When I open my fridge to find my 12 meals, not only do I not want to waste the food I just worked hard preparing for myself, but I also begin realizing that I have absolutely no reason to cheat. It literally becomes easier to eat your prepped food then it is to get fast food. I know this, because I use to use the fast food excuse…
The next step is figuring out what type of food you like…
For me I try to switch it up each week when it comes to what vegetables I’m eating, but my protein intake almost always stays the same. I generally eat 4/4/2/2 with the numbers portraying the amount of meals and being: Chicken/Steak/Eggs/Pork. Obviously how I cook them, the seasoning I use, and some other things can change, but that guideline usually carries out pretty well for me.
As far as vegetables, this is such a preference thing but I generally go with peppers, cucumber, peas or broccoli/cauliflower. You can get a feel for how you like to prepare them though, because you’ll be relying on them heavily in your paleo experience. I tried out the frozen bags and found out I actually enjoy cutting them and preparing them myself.
I get the majority of my fat from my coffee in the morning and then even my tea at night, but I also eat 10-15 almonds every day (sometimes they just end up being thrown in my meal). Other options I’ve played with are walnuts, sunflower seeds or even pistachios – almonds always end up on top. I just bag up 5-7 zip lock bags with the nuts for the week and I’m good to go…easy.
Don’t forget to decide what you’re doing for breakfast…
I know I linked back to the bulletproof coffee and intermittent fasting articles prior, but I think it’s necessary to talk about it for a second. I’d hate to make a connection with Illidans quote and then leave you unprepared after the article…I fast for 18 hours (would suggest 16 for women), but my girlfriend doesn’t fast and instead eats fruit to start her day. I’ve always preferred my coffee and fasting, but for her, she needed to attempt a few different things. She did fruits, then eggs and bacon, then just fat, and now back to fruit. That’s just what works for her. She’s still losing weight even though she didn’t cut the fruit, and it gives her the kick she needs to start her day.
That’s why listening to your body and deciding what’s good for you is key in meal prepping.
If she would have just listened to me, she’d be drinking coffee that didn’t effect her in the way she needed. Do some testing with your body, figure out what works but what also doesn’t stall your weight-loss/progress, and then implement it properly.
Let’s start cookin’!
I’m not going to pretend to be some amazing cook, or pretend to have known what I was doing before meal prepping. I just had to start. I looked up some simple things, and then threw some stuff on a pan…it all kind of worked out from there…
That being said, I’m not going to give you a lesson on cooking. There’s probably a million other people who are more qualified to do that, but just know that, for what you’re prepping – you can pull it off easily on your own!
I season my food with Mrs. Dash [Amazon Link], just because it’s easy to pick up new flavors or containers when I run out or feel the need for a taste change. I know a lot of people who enjoy ordering other spices and such, and if you’d like to do that – by all means, do it! I usually cook up my vegetables first with some seasoning, fill the containers (which we’ll get to) and then do the meats last. Whether you’d rather put the meat right on top of the veges (like me) or use separate containers for your veges (like my girlfriend), is completely up to you. I just like grabbing one container out of the fridge, maybe I’m just lazy…
Where am I putting all this food?
Well you kind of already saw the containers in the first picture, but incase you were wondering, they’re from the dollar store. You don’t need to buy perfectly portioned containers like some people do because we already know what our diets are consisting of. I picked up 15 containers the first time and it worked out fine. Eventually I would forget one somewhere or throw it out or something, and that’s why I now have an overstock from picking up “extra” containers.
If you don’t want to use zip lock bags for your fruit (if you’re doing fruit or a breakfast) then you have to account for that – and also your nuts. Other then that, I think the containers are pretty simple and you just have to take 10-15 minutes to run to the store and stock up!
Some things to remember:
- Sugars/Carbs cause you to crave more and do not satiate you like Proteins and Fats would
- Your Carbs should be coming from Vegetables/Fruits
- If you’re not doing Bulletproof Coffee you need to implement Fat elsewhere (healthy oils/nuts/etc..)
- The first week may be hard, but it’s important to try and cut portions a bit (assuming you’re going for weight-loss and your current portions are more then enough to fill you)
- If you’re trying to gain weight the opposite is true and you need to increase your portions to the point where you almost hate eating (exaggerating slightly)
- Refer to these articles for more help with dieting guidelines:
You are now prepared…And this is why you’re able to solo Illidan, because of articles like this.
Su*k it Illidan!