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By Failing to Prepare, You are Preparing to Fail! 

 The link between diet and health is an important one. While food alone cannot make you healthy, good eating habits can help keep you healthy and in some cases, improve your health. Healthy eating isn’t about depriving yourself of the foods you love, but rather eating to fuel your body – giving you more energy, stabilizing your mood, and providing an overall ‘good’ feeling.

GetRapidWeightLoss believes in setting ourselves up for success, which is why food preparation is key to managing our commitment to healthy eating each day. Don’t worry, we also believe that eating chocolate in moderation is part of our success!

We plan our meals out each Sunday and either cook all our food for the week , or at the very least prepare our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks so we are less likely to cheat when we a.) wake up late b.) find ourselves in hurry c.) feel stressed and are tempted to deviate from our plan.  Even though it takes a few hours on Sunday and giving up precious weekend hours isn’t something we enjoy, saving time during the week and preventing ourselves from eating fast food is a priceless reward. After a few Sundays of food preparation, we have no doubt you’ll have your own menu, will be better at preparing larger quantities, and will have narrowed your food preparation window down to 2-3 hours max. Until then, we’ve provided some guidelines/tips, and even a handful of Laura’s recipes for some of her weekly staple food preps.

Guidelines/Tips:

  • Plan ahead – plan your entire week’s worth of meals and snacks and write a list before going to the grocery store. This not only ensures you’re prepared for the week, but also, that extra items don’t end up in your shopping cart.
  • Think of water as a food group in your diet. Get at least 2 nice, easy to clean water bottles to carry with you throughout the day. Keep one pitcher of flavored water in your fridge and drink it when you need a little zing.  Play around to find the flavors you like best. You might enjoy one of the following: lemon, lime, cucumber, watermelon, mint (make sure you aren’t allergic to it), berries, basil, rosemary, or ginger.
  • Eat more frequent, smaller meals and NEVER forget breakfast. Try for 5-6 meals a day. TIP: Eat off of an 8-9in plate.
  • Keep it colorful! Fill up on a variety of colorful fruit and vegetables.
  • Remove processed foods and additives from your diet.
  • Limit sugar and salt.
  • Read ingredient lists: If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it. (2 ways to pronounce “quinoa”: The first option is “kee-noh-uh” and the other is “KEEN-wah.” Whew! Now you can eat quinoa and you should because it’s packed with protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus!)
  • Remember that it’s ok to have A piece of dark chocolate or A glass (4-6oz) of wine every now and then. Not only do they both come with their own healthy benefits,  they taste good and keep us sane (well, mostly).

We’ve shared some of our favorite (and easiest) RECIPES here!

 

 
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