Days 14 to 17 (Meal Prep = Successful Weight loss)

For me, the biggest key to success with eating clean is being prepared.  This quote really hits home when you are trying to eat clean.

Benjamin-Franklin

When do we most often cave and grab a bag of chips, or hit the fast-food drive through? It’s when we are starving because we have gone 6 hours without eating. I can’t reiterate this enough. The more prepared you are, the more successful you will be.

These are the 3 things I have been doing to help me stick to my 20 day reset.

  1. Plan meals 5-7 days out
  2. Stick to the shopping list when at the grocery store or farmers market
  3. Meal prepping 1-2 times a week: washing, dicing, peeling, cutting and storing…lettuce, veggies etc. Making salad dressing. Hardboiling eggs. Making hummus. Cooking quinoa.

There is no right or wrong way to “Meal Prep”

The one thing I always prep each week are my leafy greens. As you know, I rarely purchase bagged/pre-washed greens. I buy heads of lettuce, kale, chard, spinach. I buy bunches of parsley, cilantro, carrots, and celery. Once or twice a week I spend an hour or so washing and cutting my veggies that I store in my glass pyrex bowls. I am obsessed with these for storage.

lettuce prep - clovers & kale

It’s not difficult to meal prep.  But it does take time.  It is 100% worth it.

It makes life SO MUCH EASIER when I get home from work and have 80% of my ingredients washed and chopped for a sauté, or a beautiful salad.  This is what saves me from reaching for processed junk or going out to eat when I am tired after a long day of work or school.

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Having veggies like bell peppers, celery, carrots–ready to eat–saves me from sabotaging my ‘healthy snack’ with chips & crackers.  Tip: Store cut veggies in a covered bowl filled with water (in the fridge).  This keeps them from drying out and keeps them extra chilled.  Perfect for dipping into hummus & guacamole.

My 16 day weight loss total is 4 pounds!  I haven’t been exercising nearly as much as I should be. I’ve gone to yoga 3 times this week but that’s it.  3 more days of

  • No Wheat
  • No Alcohol
  • No Dairy
  • No Processed foods
  • No Sugar

Then it’s Valentine’s Day!

XOXO, Siobain

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