Monday, January 14, 2013

Skip Fast Food! Make One Meal, Eat It All Week.

At the beginning of each new year, it’s the same thing over and over again; “I want to be healthier. I want to start eating better. I need to have a more active and healthy lifestyle.” You’ve seen it all over your Facebook, your Twitter, and you may find yourself saying it too.

Time and time again, people believe that the only thing that’s a considerably healthy lunch time meal would be a salad.  For the most part, you could be right, but what about all of that creamy, delicious ranch you love (admit it, the Fat Free stuff doesn’t compare).  You’ll end up drowning your salad in dressing and people will just look at you with shame, knowing you ruined something potentially healthy, turning it into just a sea of unhealthy fats and unwanted calories.  Smooth.

I understand people are stressed for time. I understand that it’s easier to jump in the car during break time and head over to your local drive thru.

Just like a lot of people in the workforce, I am working two jobs.  One full time and the other part-time at night.  It’s easy for me to control what I eat at my first job as a banquet chef (considering that my meals are free and there are lots of healthier options) but not when it comes to job number two.  When your smashing burgers all day and smelling bacon cooking on the flat-top grill, it’s incredibly hard to resist making one for  yourself and over-dressing it with condiments and toppings.

Since I am one of those people that did say at the beginning of this year that I will have a healthier lifestyle, I made it a point to bring something to work that’s easy to reheat, and that is something that I’ll want to eat repeatedly for two to three days (Or maybe five for everyone else).

Here are the steps to cook one meal and eat it all week:

Step 1:

With that in mind, I thought of making a meal that was full of complex carbs (to fill me up) and with protein. I decided brown rice and chicken would be my best friends. If your not like me, pick something that you love to eat. Whether it’s just homemade mac and cheese, homemade beef stew, whatever it maybe, choose something you won’t dread eating 5 days in a row. Unless  you’re really ambitious, choose two meals.

Step 2:

Cook.  This is a no-brainer.  You’ll know what is going into each meal, you’ll be able to portion each item and you’ll feel better knowing you didn’t break the bank or your caloric intake for the day too.  Then pick a day, for instance I chose Sundays, to make these meals. 

Step 3:

Portion it out.  Here’s what I mean:

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Take a measuring cup, for example, and portion out your meals. One serving of rice = 1 cup, cooked. For the chicken, about 6 oz. or about 3/4 cup.  Decide what a good portion is for you of each dish you make, and start placing them into microwave safe, BPA free Tupperware. 

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The finished products should look like this. Once they cool slightly, put the lids on and stash them in the fridge.  Just remember to bring them to work with you in the morning.

To sum it all up, to save yourself some money and calories, make your own lunches.  Don’t be lazy this year. If now is not the time to finally change your eating habits, then when?

I’ve done this for about three weeks now and it’s prevented me from eating badly during my work week and it also has kept me from digging into my wallet to pay for fast food too. It’s helped me lose three pounds in the first week of doing this!

So friends, hopefully this was helpful, if not, an obvious way to help you reach your goals this year.

As always, Happy Feasting!

1 comment:

Val said...

Great idea! I have done this also and it really does allow for easy accounting of your calories and such.
Most people only eat 20 to 30 foods so just find one that you can switch up each day but has the same base or like you, eat the same lunch every day. 3 pounds the first week! That is really a nice beginning!!