Sunday Funday: Rest and Prep

February 27, 2015 by •

Sunday is my favorite day of the week for many reasons. Aside from the fact that it is, hands down, the best day for T.V., I also get to sleep in as late as I want, and think about food all day long! Sunday is my reset button to get ready for the next seven days; what is coming up at work, when will I be squeezing in my workouts and time with friends, and most importantly, what am I doing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? In the past year, in an effort to recover holistically from Lyme Disease, I have discovered the importance of clean eating. After eliminating a great deal of gluten, dairy, and processed sugars from my diet, I have noticed a tremendous improvement in my energy level and various other symptoms. However, I never would have made it longer than a week on this new extreme diet if I hadn’t fallen into the practice of meal prep.

Because most of the food I eat is not processed, it takes a much longer time to prepare and can’t be thrown together last minute after I’ve hit the snooze button just a few too many times in the morning. What I have found, in my experience with tardiness and healthy eating, is that having a few staple foods pre-cooked and ready for a brief reheat can make a world of difference. And now, in this special time between the end of football season and the beginning of Game of Thrones, I can really focus all of my motivational Sunday energy on stocking my fridge with the super foods I need for success.

Easy meals for me usually include a protein, a starch, and a green vegetable, so I always make sure to have enough chicken ready for 3-4 meals, as well as a gluten-free pasta dish or (my absolute favorite) roasted potatoes. Doing all of my cooking on Sunday is cost effective, eco-friendly, and shaves hours off of my daily routine. And during a week filled with errands and obligations, every hour is precious! Whether I make a big batch of one dish or a handful of varieties, I can rest easy before Monday morning knowing that no matter what happens, at least my tummy will be happy.