Post # 1
My new years resolution was to bring lunch to work every day so I would stop getting bagels from DD or eating out of the vending machines…trying baby steps to get ready for the wedding. So far so good! Share yours so I have some new inspiration (hopefully we’re allowed to share links on here? I’m not sure…)
Post # 2
- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
Meal prepping on Sundays has been a godsent for me… I just take my containers to work and eat them, I don’t have to think at all! It only takes me about 2 hours on Sunday for all of my meals (I eat 5 small meals per day as part of a workout program i’m doing…so yours wouldn’t take NEARLY as long if you ate less).
So far, I love ground turkey with the Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning (so gooood!), some quinoa from Seeds of change, and a veggie (brussels sprouts, or broccoli, or cauliflower, or carots!).
Another really good one I have is sweet potato and chicken lettuce wraps with a bit of a lemon vinaigrette dressing – I was iffy about this but I love the combo! http://fitandfiercemama.net/2018/01/18/80-day-obsession-21-day-fix-sweet-potato-chicken-wraps/
If you’re not into the big prep, get a container of hummus if you like that, and a bag of celery… and you can have a yummy snack without going to the vending machine! (Plus, that would last you all week if you wanted to… it definitely has at least 5 servings in one tub of hummus).
Post # 3
I second meal prepping! It’s so much easier to go off the rails when you don’t have anything to eat. I’ve hopped on the paleo train after finishing the whole 30. That and exercising 5/6 times a week, I’m down 40 lbs. I do think it’s important to allow yourself to have some food freedom though.. I usually have a cheat day/allow myself some wiggle room throughout the week. Keeping healthy snacks on hand is good too. Maybe to buy a bag of assorted nuts to munch on when you’re feeling snacky. Do you eat breakfast? I never used to but I started forcing myself and honestly, it has helped a lot with not over-eating during lunch OR even dinner.
Post # 4
We usually cook larger dinners and take the leftovers for lunch the next day, that way it isn’t sitting in the fridge all week before you eat it. I love most of the recipes on budgetbytes.com because they are so simple and easy. One that we make about every other week is the oven chicken fajitas, super easy and flavorful! (we leave out the sugar in the seasoning)
Easy Oven Fajitas
Post # 5
Weekly meal prepping with lots and LOTS of veggies (and lean protein, of course). I’ve been on a kale kick recently. I alternate weeks with healthy carbs and carb-free so that my body doesn’t get used to one thing and plateau.
Best tip I can offer: USE GAS RELEIF TABS!!!!!!!!!!
**protein farts and veggie farts will ruin your coworkers days! Be courteous and invest in some gas-x until your body adjusts!
Post # 6
Here’s another weekly meal prepper! Taking the guess work out of eating goes a long way, especially for snacks and breakfast. I love egg cups for breakfast, just grab and go. Plus I tried to eat a veggie/fruit at every meal, including breakfast.
Post # 7
I’m in the camp of NOT meal prepping. I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for me. I take a few minutes to pull together my lunch bag at the end of the night before I go to bed. Breakfast, lunch + snack. I do prep freezer breakfast sandwiches and take those to work a few times a week for breakfast. Lunch I usually do a salad or sandwich or sometimes leftovers from dinner, depending.
Post # 8
We cook extra (healthy) dinner portions and bring those to work for lunch. We also try to eat salad every night before dinner to ensure we get enough healthy leafy greens. For salad, we do kale leaves with caesar dressing, add dries cranberries and candied almond slices.
Also, replacing unhealthy carbs with low GI carbs helps a lot. Look into alternative pasta options (spaghetti squash, pasta made from healthier grains, etc), and replace plain white bread with nutrition-dense, high-protein bread like Dave’s Killer Bread (if you can’t cut it out completely.)
Post # 9
I’ve never been a great meal prepper, but when I do it, I find it helpful to keep myself eating healthy. Most people follow the path of least resistance — so if it’s easiest to just pack a pre-made lunch, then to leave your office and get “unhealthy” food, then this is what you’ll go with. A few other thoughts since you asked for healthy eating tips:
- Set some clear goals for yourself and perhaps even a reward. For example, “For the next month, I’ll bring my lunch at least 3 times a week. If I accomplish this, I’ll buy myself a new waterbottle, lunchbox, etc….” Or, “For the next month, I’ll workout for at least 1 hour, 2 times a week. If I accomplish this, I’ll buy myself a new pair of workout pants, headphones, etc….” You can be creative on the “rewards,” I just wouldn’t suggest making them food based.
- Set realistic goals! Don’t try to go from never packing your lunch, to doing it every single day for the next year. Or, from never working out, to working out every day. This only sets yourself up for failure, and it’s not realistic for the long-term. Be kind to yourself.
- Mix it up. I get really bored if I eat the same items all the time. I like to test out new snacks and recipes. This helps me not default to something that I know it healthy. One website I love is SkinnyTaste: https://www.skinnytaste.com/
- Always keep some snacks handy. I’m a grazer, so it’s pretty normal for me to ALWAYS have something to eat in my purse, but at work I like to have things like a banana, apple, carrots, nuts, etc…at my desk. If I let myself become hangry, I’ll not only be mean to people, but I’ll also scarf down whatever food is around me.
I know I mentioned it before, but I think it bears repeating: be kind to yourself. Try to avoid any negative talk about how “bad” you were because you ate something you wish you hadn’t, or weren’t able to pack a lunch for one day. Life happens, just keep your end goal in mind. I’d also encourage you to not cut out any specific food completely — when we make something “the bad thing,” it tends to be all we want. This may not work for everyone, but I’ve found that if I ever tell myself that I can no longer have a specific food group, I end up eating way more of it!