Preparation Is Key

Planning makes things easier. But sometimes the planning to plan is where things fall apart. You can buy the right foods, but then you’re tired after work and you cobble together dinner, forgetting the plan, leave no time to make lunch and continue to scramble for a week.

I find it easiest to grocery shop with specific, but flexible meals in mind (pick one or two proteins, that can be paired with either of the two vegetables you choose for the week). Once the groceries are safely in the kitchen, prepare several portions of a meal. This provides lunches, or dinners. This saves you from the scrambling, the cobbling, the failing. At least for me.

I’m down just over two pants sizes, and about 11 lbs since everything started to click for me. I enjoy the gym every morning. I feel pride in my meal preps.

This week I put together six containers of proportioned spaghetti squash paired with a ground turkey meat sauce. This took about 30 mins start to finish.

Pop the spaghetti squash in the toaster oven at 350°, until the exterior can be easily pierced. While that was baking I browned (a family pack) of ground turkey with some generic Italian seasonings.

Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, I slice it in half, scoop out the seeds and shred with a fork. A cup of spaghetti squash goes into each of my six containers, topped by a cup or so of ground turkey, and half a cup of Trader Joes Three Cheese Pasta Sauce.

I could’ve made the sauce. I could’ve added fresh garlic or onions. But I didn’t, because I don’t want to stress myself out, I want to do what I can, when I can, to create a functional healthy lifestyle which will facilitate my goals. Whew. That was a mouthful.

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