The Art of Meal Prep
If you want to stay on track and not become a statistic throughout these months that we have to stay indoors with the coronavirus pandemic, then being prepared is a must.
I have been coaching people on food prep alone for such a long time and the numbers are in the thousands.
Image: You can eat well and keep the kilos off - Melissa Zimmerman - CEO Fit Paramedic HQ
There are so many reasons why people abuse themselves with food.
It's a brutal sentence but it's true.
Your body finds it so hard to process your consumption.
We, as humans have an issue with food and nutrition education. Some of the smartest people who know what poor nutrition does, still eat poorly.
Those that are not educated on nutrition will suffer a whole lot more than those that know.
You can eat good food and still consume way too many calories also.
Why is food so damn hard to work out?
How many calories should I have?
How do I measure my calories?
What If I want to have something not on my plan?
Why can't bad food be healthy? (yep, we wish right)
I work with many people who get "lost" with food sources, amounts and a general nil direction on nutrition.
If you are lost I have offered my plans free to anyone and everyone who is frontline in this crisis.
The issue we have with this crisis is people are stressed and emotional eating is at its highest right now.
You cannot outrun your fork. You can eat and you can run but you will still put on fat. Your stress hormone called cortisol will ensure that.
What does cortisol do during stress?
Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation.
When we go to work, there is so much fight or flight going on! We gown & PPE up, we go into Covid Red Zones, People's houses who are suspected cases.
We then go home and hope we don't take it there. We then have to entertain bored kids, worry about our elderly relatives, maybe someone close to you has mental health issues like PTSD and the pandemic has triggered them AND you are tired from your 4 days on at work.
How is your stress going?
The best thing you can do is try to control your meal prep and meal times.
While you are stressing and using that principle energy source, you will crave and you will crave hard.
Have your fruit ready and don't eat it until you feel you have a craving
Have nuts ready (if you have allergies, have carrot and cucumber sticks ready)
When you feel like you are craving, verbally recognise it. Say it, Im craving and then ask why?
Do a vlog about these times (I have) It's great to do a video log of these times. Show your grandkids when they are older and look back on these times to appreciate our better future that lies ahead.
Have a slice ready of banana bread or an energy ball (Recipes are in the group) You dont need to eat lots, just a little to curb the cravings.
My best advice, MOVE, train, lift weights, it gets rid of the cravings - Trust me!
If you have something to add, let us know!