Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Sorry, friends! Hate to sound like a fortune cookie – but truer words have never been spoken.
You can have the best nutrition plan in the world nailed down, but until the foods you need are in your house and ready to go — that food plan is nothing but good intentions. Everyone is busy, and convenience foods can be so tempting when you are in a pinch. I know, I have a busy coaching practice and live at the beach with two pizza places, two Mexican places and three bars all on my block. If I didn’t plan, it would be super easy to just make a bad decision when I’m starving.
If you are committed to eating clean (quick definition: a diet free of sugar, processed foods, wheat, dairy and other possible food allergens, see blog about clean eating here), these are the things you can expect to be doing every week…
- Pick and chose a few recipes for the week (2-3) and make sure you have all the ingredients.
- Cook once, eat 3-4 times. When you prepare a meal make a plate for yourself, and put the rest in ready-to-go containers. Stock up on containers like these if you don’t have any.
- Schedule in trips to the grocery store. Yes, literally put it in your calendar if you are short on time. If you are eating clean, your meals will be plant-based. Getting to the store at least twice a week will make sure you have enough fresh foods to get you through.
- Willpower is a myth. If you run out of fresh foods, you will eat whatever junk you have in the house, so if you are getting serious about your workouts and nutrition plan, just clean out your kitchen of any tempting processed foods.
- Have plenty of clean snacks ready to grab and eat. Easy fruits and veggies like apples, bananas, celery, peppers, mandarin oranges all work. Nuts, dried fruit and quick smoothies all work too.
- Stay hydrated by using a great stainless steel water bottle, like from Klean Kanteen. The less plastic you use, the better!
Some of this may seem tough at the beginning but after a few weeks it will become second nature.