How Do You Go About Preparing Food For The Week?
In many ways a successful diet depends on good time management skills. To eat well you have to source and prepare high-quality foods quickly and efficiently. If it can become an easy, routine effort than you are very likely to keep doing it.
1. Outsource what you can.
The absolute highest-value choice you could make is to have your food prepared for you, ahead of time…at least the busy mid-day meals.
There is a cost to this kind of service, sure, but it’s far less than you would think. Consider that all the meal planning, shopping and cooking is done for you. There is no food waste, as you order what you need. Just pull a container from the fridge and run. The ease is liberating. The food is usually great. And best of all, the amount of time you liberate is amazing. Just give it a try. Set aside some dough, at least for a month. Free up some time and see what else you might get done with that effort.
Go now and search around your gym for a Paleo/Crossfit friendly food service. In the Memphis area, you really can’t beat Bedrock Eats and Sweets.
2. Leverage local markets.
Even if you get food service you’re still going to need some fresh foods around the house. Your best bet is to find a local farmers market. The produce and eggs are usually fresh and amazing, but also pretty cheap. It’s a bit harder to grass-fed meats at a bargain, but still, the quality is worth the cost.
If you don’t have access to a market, your best bet is just to jump over to the local Whole Foods. They have a reputation for being costly, sure, but if you go in there with a planned list it’s not bad.
3. Plan, execute, and make things easy.
Get all the food you need for the entire week, all at once. Go to the market with a plan. How many grams of protein do you require a day? Here is a good guide to help with the shopping. Divide the daily amount into 3-4 meals, then make sure you buy enough fresh veggies to give you a few servings with each of those meals. It’s really not all that hard to do.
Once you get your food home prepare it immediately. Chop all the veggies. Cook the meat ahead of time. Prepare some of your meals and stash them in the fridge. Keep some of the meat ready for quick and easy cooking throughout the week.
If you have to cook, use great tools. You really cannot go wrong with a crock-pot. Dump in anything you like, set the timer and walk away. It couldn’t be an easier thing to do. Just make sure you use a crock-pot liner. That, my friend, will change your life.