By Sarah Galante
DHAC Group Fitness Director & Exercise Physiologist
Want to know the secret to weight loss? It lies within your very own cabinets. It really is just one little word. Tupperware.
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill, powder, or potion that will allow you to lose weight and successfully keep it off. Likewise, there is no such thing as a bad food. But by controlling when, how much and why we eat certain foods that we succeed or fail. And that’s where plastic, portable food storage containers come into play.
When you prepare your own meals you are in control. You know how the food was made, how much you are eating and when you eat it. If you are trying to eat every two to three hours to maintain peek metabolic function, it will be easier when you have your food with you.
You can tailor your meals and snack to your liking of course. But, try to keep your meals clean. This means, no heavy sauces or glazes. And remember, anything you buy in a larger package, such as cereals and trail mixes, can be measured out and put into your containers. Cut up your fruits and veggies the night before and leave all your dry snacks on the counter so you don’t forget them.
Not convinced? Picture this, you wake up in the morning and you already have a packet of oatmeal with some raisins, an apple cut up, some yogurt, a meal of chicken with a side of brown rice and broccoli, some hard boiled egg whites, yummy almonds all ready to be packed up and taken with you as you start your daily routine. Later, when you get home, you have a perfect serving of whole wheat pasta with some lean ground turkey with some spinach and fresh tomato sauce for dinner.
You have just performed magic! The magic of meal preparation.
I encourage you to try this for a two month span. Yes there is time involved but the results will be well worth it. Remember, you will be eating everything that you put into those containers. If you kick the habit of take-out for lunch, drive through when you are with your kids, and mindless snacking due to poor planning and starvation, you will see all the hard work of working out with us at DHAC starting to pay off.
Remember, you can’t exercise away a bad diet! Get yourself aquaited with your kitchen, wave that magic wand and start chopping! By spending a small amount of time cooking, about two hours with cooking and cleanup, you will have the luxury of prepared, healthy food all week!
What are your favorite take along meals? Any tips and tricks for healthier eating on the go? Let us know!