Yesterday I was talking to someone about nutrition and meal planning and the problem I have with this pie in the sky idea of planning out what I am going to eat for the week, cooking it, putting it into containers and living it up with all of the time I have gained due to my ability to just sit down and get something done.
Honestly, I just don't want to do that. I would rather cook eggs for every meal than take 4 hours out of my Sunday to meal prep for the week.
Now that isn't to say that I don't think it is great for some people, but for the majority of us trying to make healthy eating our lifestyle, 4 hours in a single day is a bit cumbersome.
Further, making meals for the future you is tricky. How will you be feeling that day? Will you want that food? How do your meals keep? What is that smell? Is it going bad? Maybe I should throw it away? Maybe I should give it to the dog?
That being said, I think mindfully eating is your best approach to efficiently eating and staying lean.
What does that mean?
That means finding sources of food that are densely caloric. You find foods that burn slowly and give your body the steady energy it needs. High fat foods do this. That is your nuts, nut butters, olives, eggs, butter, seeds, good sources of cheese, a supplement called Keto OS. You eat foods that don't interrupt your flow. They are easily cooked or grabbed and you can eat to being full.
What is eat to being full?
You eat until your body stops saying its hungry. It is very difficult to overdue it on fats. You will eat your fill and stay full for a longer period of time.
That longer period of time will encourage you to ask yourself if you ARE HUNGRY?
If you aren't, there really isn't a necessity to eat.
I am not advocating starving yourself. I am encouraging you to eat when your body needs food. Adhering to a strict 6 meal a day idea isn't necessary for the generally healthy adult.
Listen to your body and eat then.
Finally, when it comes to preparing meals, make food for 1.5 days ahead. Not a full week. Crockpots are great for this. A hunk of meat (2-5lbs) with some broth and seasoning will get you far.
We also have a great BBQ sauce and sugar free Dijon mustard we have found at Lucky's. You can add it to any meat for flavoring.
Remember, when eating for performance, there is no one way to nurture your body. Instead, eat to fulfillment. Feel out what makes you perform the best.
The busiest of us loathe meal planning, so this is an option for the highest performers who want to stay sharp and hot instead of eating a week old meal on Thursday =)
Erin and Rod