Meal Prep vs. No Prep and the Paleo Lifestyle

Some of you may be asking yourself whether to meal prep or not. If you don’t you may be under the impression that you won’t reach your goals. However, it’s important to remember to live according your fitness goals. Meal prep can be extremely beneficial, however it may not be for everyone because it can get boring or feel like a chore. Ultimately, you want to create a lifestyle you can sustain and one that makes you happy.

Pros of Meal Prep

  • Helps eliminate bad habits
  • Helps eliminate last minute stress
  • It will make grocery shopping easier
  • It will help you stay on track
  • You will never go hungry
  • Save Time
  • Save Money

Cons of Meal Prep

  • No variation of the food you’re eating
  • It may feel like a chore, which can make it boring
  • Eating food that is over a couple of days old may be unappealing

However, there’s good news. If you want to keep a flexible diet you can. What does it mean to live a Paleo lifestyle? Well for starters it means getting rid of genetically modified foods.

Do’s of a Paleo Lifestyle

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Don’ts of Paleo Lifestyle

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Salt
  • Refined vegetable oils

It’s important to note that you don’t have to go “cold turkey” on your current foods, but rather start by cutting out cereal grains and work from there. Eating healthier can propel you to have some of the best workouts and help you see results sooner than later, but more importantly remember to take baby steps so you may learn to commit fully to each change.