When transitioning into a ketogenic or low-carb way of eating, one of the ways I have most successfully handled the overwhelm of trying to deal with the changes is through meal prepping. Meal prepping ensures that I have what I need, when I need it. With things ready for me to use, I don’t have to worry so much about falling into old habits and patterns. And meal preparation really isn’t that hard if you know how to plan, purchase and prepare tasty foods and recipes that meet your macro requirements.

No matter whether you are doing Atkins, South Beach, Protein Power, or any of the keto variations, meal planning and prep allows you to minimize your carb intake and maximize your nutrition. #lowcarbHighNurtition And really EVERYONE can benefit from prepping meals ahead of time – whether it’s a few days, a week or a month. It takes the guesswork out of each meal or snack you consume and you’re much more likely to stick to your plan and thus, reach your goals.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Unhealthy or excessive carbs spike your blood sugar and, over time, may make you more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and other life-altering diseases and ailments. When you plan ahead, you get to choose foods with lots of fiber and good carbs, and thus make the best choices for your body.

In the Kitchen:

Here are a couple of ways I keep food prep easy in my kitchen:

  • Roll Ups: Veggie rollups are a delicious and easy meal you may want to prep for lunch – especially when made with low carb vegetables like cucumbers, sliced thin. It’s also less messy to eat on the go or at your desk.
  • Salads: Get creative with Mason jar salads. You’ll find some wonderful recipes online to choose from – and they’re also easy to make and are very portable. Add cheese, cooked chicken, avocado and spinach to the mix and get lots of protein and fiber and a smattering of good carbs.
  • Go Slow: A crock pot is a great choice for ketogenic and low carb recipes. You can throw almost anything in the slow cooker and at the end of the day or the next morning, you’ll have meals to divide and freeze to serve for lunch or dinner.

Beginners to this lifestyle can especially benefit from advance meal prep, because it can be time consuming, but when you get the hang of it, you can quickly move through outer edge grocery aisles in a flash. You can then learn to prepare your meals and snacks with ease so you’ll meet the goals you’ve set for yourself, whether it’s losing weight or gaining vibrant health.

In the Store:

Each section of the grocery store can provide some of what you need for your ketogenic way of life. From the produce section, choose leafy, green vegetables such as leaf or romaine lettuce, mushrooms, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower. Avoid the root veggies and fruits that contain high amounts of starches, sugars, and carbs.

The meat section lets you choose your meats – chicken, beef, pork and fish for protein. Other sections provide healthy oils for cooking, nuts (the good ones) and frozen foods on your list. 

Meal prepping gives you ultimate control over your diet and helps you meet health and fitness goals without having to think about what you’re going to eat for each meal or snack during the day.

 

 

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Christy R. Hall

Christy R. Hall is a Wellness Mindset Coach & Emotional Alchemist. She focuses on helping people change their lives from the inside out. She uses hypnosis, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help her clients achieve real and lasting change. Christy says, “When you know how the mind works, it’s easy to make changes.” Christy fancies herself to be a Jedi Master, a verbal Ninja, and a Mindset Architect. In her free time, she spins yarn (both literally spinning fiber into yarn, as well as, writing), crochets for charity, watches silly cat videos, looks at pictures of Corgis, and plays massively multiplayer online games. Her current favorite is Elder Scrolls Online.