Monday, November 30, 2015

Food Prep and training others!

It is "food prep" not necessarily "meal prep" that can help you and your family weekly stay the course in Healthy Eating Habits! It's WAY TO EASY to grab and go with the wrong choices, so do yourself a favor AND... GET THE WHOLE FAMILY INVOLVED!

Your spouse and kids can help where they are able and can safely do...
  • Grocery shop and have them make the Healthier choices: 
    • This not only empowers them but has them make the decision rather than the choice being made for them or forced on them.
    • You may only need to do this a few times. In the future, you can say "i got the Red Quinoa you liked and not the white". ;)
  • Clean and cut veggies and fruit with you.
    • You can do this together in the kitchen, increasing family time.
    • Having them touch the food and prep it increases involvement which is good for teaching them and showing this is a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or fad.
  • Cook and prep meals with you.
    • This also can increase skills on team work and involvement.
    • This is time spent with your spouse or kids that you might not normally have.
The above may mean that you let down your requirements on how something is done. If you are stubborn, you will then be by yourself in the whole thing. Letting them shop, prep, and cook with you can actually help you in the long run! You are training your family so you're not alone and for their health long term too!

My weekly staples...
zucchini, onions, red peppers - cleaned & diced cut
carrots, cucumbers, celery - cleaned & cut into sticks
10 eggs and 4-6 chicken breasts - boil (saving the chicken liquid)

This makes MEAL Prep/assembly easy during the week. The Chicken Liquid is used when I make Quinoa or Brown Rice or Millet. These can be done in advance too!

You may feel like you're in the kitchen all day and that's ok, It's time invested in your health and saves your money long term in not eating out, not getting sick as often (eating better foods), and when you do it you know what's in it. Eating real food is worth the time!

Take it in stages. Do what you can. Evolve your eating lifestyle within your resources. Training others can be testing but is another good investment for you and for their health. GO TEAM!