Today, I am bringing you a guest post by Samantha Olivier all about preparing meals.

Today’s busy lifestyle does not leave much time for food preparation, hence the proliferation of fast food chains and mountains of junk food that end up either in a landfill or large bellies. Shoving down whatever is within reach is a sure way to jeopardize your long term wellbeing and stray away from the ideal image you want to see in the mirror. It is also completely unnecessary behavior, since making your own food does not have to be a time-consuming ordeal.

A meal plan

Proper nutrition is the backbone of a healthy lifestyle. Alas, many people are not aware that eating habits may have more impact on your physical condition than training. They support various fitness goals, be it bulking up, losing weight or maintaining it. So, it is high time to turn your kitchen into a sanctuary of fine food, embrace small daily rituals, and have great blessings bestowed upon you.

The first thing to note is that you need to plan your meals ahead of time. Therefore, make room for the following activities in your schedule: purchasing, preparing, packing and of course, eating. The two most important components are what and when you eat. To answer the first dilemma, know that a simple game plan focuses on meals containing proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Lean protein comes from foods such as eggs, chicken and fish, and when it comes to carbs, you will need higher and lower-starch ones: broccoli, asparagus, spinach, bananas, yams, etc. Be smart about purchasing, try to limit the variety of products, and opt only for quality ones. Also, bear in mind that you may do your shopping online, avoid checkout lines, and save yourself a great deal of time.

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In small doses

Many dieticians advise consuming smaller meals every three hours, which amounts to six meals per day. If we focus on the entire week, that is 36 servings. This may seem like too much to handle, but how about freeing up a Sunday afternoon to prepare the most of what you need for a week. Remember that you can easily calculate your optimal daily calorie intake and keep a nice figure.

Furthermore, always keep plenty of single-serving meals in your refrigerator and never put yourself in a position to waste money on ordering delicious, yet harmful food. If you worry about the shelf life of products, you can boost it by separating foods that contain ethylene-gas from veggies that can get spoiled by it. Also, do not shy away from using jarred, canned and frozen foods, as there are many good recipes you can take advantage of using them.

It is always good to lay out your ingredients prior to cooking as it saves time.

It is always good to lay out your ingredients prior to cooking as it saves time.

A picture of health

Good food choices are the guardians of good health and the patrons of prime physical condition. Do not change a winning team— evidence suggests that people who stick to the same meals for life tend to live healthier. Narrowing down food choices is a sound move as long as you put junk food out of the picture. Just do not forget to keep enough containers for storing the meals around, and check out induction stoves that speed up cooking.

Finally, bear in mind that although some people consider supplements harmful, the truth is the bulk of them is not. In fact, they have a place in any balanced diet. Supplements help us fill the nutrient gaps, and are a prudent solution to practical problems you may encounter. However, bear in mind to only turn to those manufactured by companies that you trust. I have been using nothing but Legion products for years, and have been nothing but satisfied. Do not succumb to the temptation: even if you are going about your business at a heart-stopping pace, you still have time to grab a banana or a protein bar, don’t you?

The healthy essence

You might foster no eagerness to hover over a stove after a stressful day at work, but take a break and think twice. You can improve quality of life by building healthy habits, meal by meal. The art of planning does miracles for your efforts to prepare food nice and easy. Invest in salubrious ingredients that supply essential nutrients, and pre-schedule food and drink times for a week. The beauty of it is that you can whip up healthy meal options that are tasty and practical.

About the guest author

Sam

Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter, or in a tea shop. You can also read more posts from Samantha at ripped.me.