So, it’s that time of year again when everyone is trolling the blogs, looking for the magic sage advice. I’m no Sage…maybe a little magic, but let’s see what I have to add to the discussion.
Life is what it is meant to be. Want health? Be healthy. It’s going to take a long time, and it’s going to come and go with the tides of life. I bet that’s not what you’ve spent your previous evening reading on health blogs, but it’s a truth I’ve come to understand. Health comes and goes. We have periods where we feel fantastic, and we have periods where we feel fat, and can’t stand to try on new workout clothes.
In the wake of all this new-ness, I did come up with something that seems to be helping me; maybe it’ll help you. I spoke with my nutritionist a few months ago, and her advice was to eat three meals a day. Each meal was to consist only of nutrient-dense food. Each meal is also to consist of 1/2 cut of vegetable, and a 1/2 cup of lean protein. That’s it. I then add a sensible snack somewhere around 3pm if I need it.
But, here’s what I’ve found that’s been helpful. I went out and bought 4 oz canning jars. A few times a week I make a batch of vegetables, and a batch of proteins. For example, I used the pressure cooker to steam some delicious butternut squash. I scoop up 1/2 C of this into a 4 oz jar, and pair it with two hard-boiled eggs. That’s breakfast. I’ve also boiled up a bunch of chicken, and filled the jars with that…heck, I even have some Moroccan spiced venison in the fridge right now. I’ve also been making some awesome vegetable curries ala Indian food.
The beauty is that each morning I grab two vegetable jars, and two protein jars. That’s breakfast and lunch. If I have a strenuous workout planned, I’ll grab another set for after work. Then, I eat a similar setup for dinner, and call it a day.
Packing them up ahead of time has been a God Send.
How do you prepare your lunches? I’d love to hear.