We live in a world that’s set up to make feeding ourselves with nutrient dense food a total challenge. We know we should eat more vegetables, less processed food and less sugar, but when we are busy and rushed we’re more likely to grab whatever is in front of us for ease and convenience.
I used to always find myself saying things like “Yeah if I had a private chef I would eat healthy all the time,” or “If I had more time to cook I would actually be able to sustain this whole healthy eating thing.” That was when I was trying to work a full nursing shift, figure out what healthy yet delicious recipe to make for dinner, rush to the grocery store, prepare a meal, eat the meal, clean up and have enough time to relax before bed. It wasn’t working, clearly.
I had to figure out a new system and it was a total revelation once I finally did. In the quest to eat healthy, meal prepping is the number one thing you can do to set yourself up for success. By batch cooking, or making larger quantities of foods in one session, we make our lives a whole lot easier and free ourselves up to do all the things we love.
By devoting only four, targeted hours per week (or less!) towards meal prepping you can give yourself nourishing food for every single meal without giving it another thought. What a relief. Here are some good tips to get you started:
Get containers to store your food.
Before you begin, make sure you have lots of varying sizes of tupperware for storage. Glass ones are the best for reheating
Divide cooking up into two, two hour sessions on Sunday and Wednesday.
By devoting targeted time to cooking, you free yourself up for the rest of the week and can relax knowing you’ve got good, nourishing food ready. It makes it a much nicer process to cook when you are relaxed and not rushing to get a meal on the table.
Pick recipes that are good for doubling and making in large batches.
These are things like soups and one pot recipes. Download my free batch cooking guide below to get ten of my favorites that work really well.
I’ve laid out my entire process for you in my step by step batch cooking guide so you can simplify your life as well. Click here to download my free guide to batch cooking.
- 7 day meal plan
- Step by step instructions for how to cook an entire week’s worth of food in just two 2-hour sessions (life changing)
- Grocery lists
- Ten of my favorite, easy recipes!
Enjoy making delicious and nutritious meals in way less time!
Christina Tidwell is a cardiac Registered Nurse and Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach who specializes in helping women suffering from chronic autoimmune conditions to incorporate healthy, whole foods into their diet, gain an understanding of the possible root causes of physical and emotional imbalance and create a plan of action specific to the individual. Christina is the founder of Live Well with Christina, a holistic health coaching practice based in Seattle, WA.
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