FIT-P Nutrition Tip of the Week

Nutrition Tip of the Week:  Meal Prep for accountability.

2LT Mike Taylor

Many people who are involved in fitness and activities in some way or form track their meals. Whether they make use of a fitness app, a paper journal, or even mentally, they are tracking what they eat.

One of the benefits of meal tracking at the simplest level is understanding what you are putting in your body in order to make change. We all understand that we simply can’t just eat what we want and have our ideal results. It takes work. Meal tracking is a great way to stay accountable.

Is it any wonder then that meal prep is such a big topic? Meal prep is exactly what it sounds like, prepping meals ahead of time. Some people do it same day for one or all of the day’s meals, some people pick a whole night to prep for all their meals for a whole week. The cool thing is that there isn’t a wrong answer here; but why is it a good idea?

Just like meal tracking helps keep people accountable, meal prep allows people to take that one step further. If I sit down and plan out what I am going to eat and make good choices for what I pack myself, I am much more likely to be successful than winging it every day at the office and ending up at a fast food place, or skipping that meal altogether.

What’s even better is I don’t have to stick to boring food that I know that I won’t eat, If I pack kale for every meal and expect that to work for me, we all know good and well I’m setting myself up for failure. There are tons of good ideas out there, and it’s as simple as looking at your phone to get started. Make your meals enjoyable while also making them work for your health and your goals.

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