Monday, March 02, 2015

Everything You've Ever Wondered About #MealPrep


This post is dedicated to my followers and the many questions I receive regarding my weekly meal prepping! When I first started meal prepping, I wrote this post, which answered many frequently asked questions received via Instagram.


It's been just about a year since I embarked on my #SC360Health journey and I have to say it has been phenomenal! It has not been easy but it has definitely been worth it!

Last week, I gave my followers the opportunity to ask me anything health and or meal prep related and these are the questions I received. Thanks so much to everyone that participated here goes!


Stef on Facebook asks:
Where do you buy your containers? Believe it or not, all of my containers come from the dollar store. I absolutely love Dollar Tree, and if you have one in your area look for the Betty Crocker brand, those are the ones I use and for just a buck, you can't beat that! You can even by them by the case online here.  

Micki from Facebook asked:
How did you get started? What was your initial motivation? How do you stay motivated? I talk all about the reason I got started in this post I wrote, The Main Reason I Started Meal Prepping. My initial motivation was simply change, I was not happy with what I had become, with the way my body looked and that for me was when the lightbulb went off. I've always been heavier and I had always generally been ok with my size, but at that moment I was not, so something had to change! I keep myself motivated, by rewarding myself, setting fitness goals and giving myself a break. It's ok to have off days, but if for the majority of the time you are on (meaning consistent), it's ok to that have that reese cup or piece of chocolate cake. 
Jana'e on Twitter asks:
What do you do to stay motivated throughout your journey? Please see previous response. But as far as fitness, when working out, I've learned that I'm never really satisfied with results, now that may be a bad thing, but for me it works as a bit of a motivator because it drives me to push harder. I set fitness goals, when I started I could not do a sit up now I do them with weights. I still can't do a unmodified pushup, so my goal is to be able to do one, one day! I also allow myself breaks, where I do not workout, I push myself but it's ok to turn it off, too.  
I''m on my personal journey as well. Exercising has been easy but meal planning is not my strong point. What tips do you have? Just try it! So many people ask me a ton of questions and say how they couldn't do that, but they have never tried it, and that to me is foolish. Figuring out what works best for you is key! Mealprepping for an entire week may not be your thing, but you may want to try it for 2-3 days. I think it's very important to figure out just what works for you and thats through trial and error. I've figured out what meals I prefer over others, and I try to change things up here and there because it can get boring, but all in all for me, meal prep is the easy part. 
@Shalandaleigh on Instagram asked:
Do you get tired of eating the same thing everyday? Nope, honestly I do not get tired of eating the same thing daily. I'm an extremely picky eater and not a foodie at all, so food really just isn't my thing, so I don't mind it at all. 

@divadoll_13 on Instagram asks:
Do you have a website or somewhere that you get meal inspiration from? I follow a lot of sites on Instagram, you can find a list of them here. I also utilize hashtags, try searching #MealPrep on Instagram, you'll find tons of inspiration. I also share recipes with friends and coworkers, too. 
@Bigsistagorgeousone on Instagram asks:
What do you use to season your meat with? Since I try to keep my sodium intake to a minimum, I do use Mrs. Dash but it can be a bit bland, so sometimes I will season very lightly with Lawry's season Salt on one side, I figure having it in moderation is ok, I generally only use it on chicken...sometimes. I also love my food to be extra extra spicy so I use crushed red pepper on almost everything and that sort of eliminates the need for extra spices. I saw this company on Instagram and I'm thinking about placing an order soon to try out their spices, you should check them out.  
Did you detox before you started your healthy eating journey ;)! No I do not detox. I just purchased a detox tea, but I've yet to try it yet. I find that eating healthy and increasing my fiber intake is detox enough for me, lol. Also after a good workout you'll find it works as a great detox as well. I'm not against them, just haven't really done them. I'll let you all know on Instagram how the tea goes if I like it. 
@Fourelevencutie on Instagram asks:
What kind of workout do you do and if you did do`detox what kind of detox? Initially when I started I did lots of cardio, I attended a fitness class from someone I met through Instagram, who had lost lots of weight, @YouVsYouFitness, then I joined the gym at my job and started with cardio. After learning there was a free bootcamp being offered at my job I entered it. That really jump started me and got me excited about working out! It was a six-week program and it was amazing.  Now, because it's winter I do a lot of home workouts. I love Jillian Michaels and Insanity by Shawn T. I also try to make it to the gym for cardio a few times a week. I love the treadmill.  
As far as detox, check out my previous comment, but no I did do any type of detox.

Naturally_curvy_me on Instagram asked:
How often do you workout? And do you use weights? I try to at least workout 3 times a week. Sometimes I do more or less, just depends on my schedule. I do utilize the weights and I also do lots of exercises that use my body weight as resistance. Using the weights is very important because muscle burns fat. So you want to be sure you're not only losing but building muscle as well. 
NoisySilence29 on Instagram asked:
What are your favorite meals to prep or the easiest? Ok, so I have to tell you all my trick! I use frozen vegetables, usually steamables that you pop directly into the microwave bag and all. This makes life so easy!! My time is very very very limited so finding the easiest way to get my meal prep done is best for me. What I love about the steamables is that have little to no added salt, oils or sauces, so they're as close to fresh as you can get. My favorite meal to prep would have to be Salmon with sweet chili sauce, brown rice and spinach. It is so easy quick and simply delicious! I'll be sharing the recipe soon! It's pictured in the picture up top.
Fabulous_favor_classy on Instagram asked:
How many days do you meal prep for? I only meal prep Monday-Friday, as staying on track during the week is the hardest because I'm always on the go. Weekends I allow myself to eat whatever I like. Sometimes it's healthy and sometimes its not, but I never meal prep on the weekend. 
Thanks so much to everyone that asked questions, these were all great and I hope my answers have inspired you to: Just Get it Done! As a result of this post, I will try to blog more about my fitness and meal prep! Until next time be sure to find me on Instagram @StyleChic360 and my hashtag #SC360Health, where I share everything health and fitness. 

Also check out these previous posts! http://www.stylechic360.com/search/label/SC360Health
and stay tuned for a few more posts this week as I've dedicated it as Health Week here on the blog! :)



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