Hello! I am back from my hiatus. It has been quite a month! I got to visit with my friend Sarah, I went to Jamaica,Turned 30 and my boyfriend threw me an amazing surprise party! May was an amazing month. Turning 30 hasn’t made me feel too different yet, however it has forced me to really think about what is important to me and what I want to continue to do. One of those things is this blog. I made up excuses daily as to why I shouldn’t write/what I had to say wasn’t important/etc and was the sole cause of there being no posts until now.
And now I’m back! This weekend I ended up teaching for the first time in three weeks (due to work, travel, bday events). Saturday we took care of some errands, went for a run (in addition to me teaching) and purchased air purifiers from Target, which are making a big difference already. I’ve been experiencing a lot of issues with the air quaility and the air conditioning.
Sunday I taught as well and we went to visit Santosh’s parents in Springfield. Sunday night is meal prep so of course I prepped and measured our food for the week while Santosh did the laundry. Here is the end result:
- The Oatmeal Cranberry Bars I make all the time. Recipe is here but I alter the recipe by using 3 eggs instead of 2 and closer to a cup of canola oil.
- Cashews measured and bagged.
- Babybel cheeses portioned off.
- Cottage Cheese (new favorite)
- Alexia Southern Sweet Potato Blend (They come in the frozen aisle and only take 5 minutes to heat up!)
- Earthly Choice Southwestern Quinoa (They also are in the frozen aisle and take 4 minutes to heat up!)
- Chicken breast (I buy a rotisserie chicken from Giant and portion it out with the quinoa for the week)
- Brown rice seasoned with garlic and onion powder cooked in the Rice Cooker.
Does meal prep make a difference? For us I think it does! It allows us to save money and it also allows us to both make healthy choices. For me, it’s a lot easier in the morning to grab the containers out of the refrigerator and just go. Everything I eat now is high in protein, lower in carbs and mostly gluten free.
Originally, we both did gluten free for health reasons. However, I’ve found with recent foods I’ve tried to eat (homemade NY style pizza in NYC) that my body cannot process flour and I have a sensitivity to it. My father, sister and cousin also all have gluten sensitivities and allergies so it’s not just something I can chalk up to my stomach not agreeing with something.
At the end of the day, I feel better with the food choices I make now which has also attributed greatly to my weight loss.
Do you meal prep? What do you find works best for you during the week?