So. Much. Prep.

The biggest key to success in any healthy diet is preparation.

People get busy, that’s just life. And every time I’ve failed to eat healthy, it’s because I hadn’t prepped food. So, set aside a day or two of the week to pre-chop your veggies and fruits, portion your servings and do anything possible to make your breakfast, snacks and lunches easy to grab and go and your dinners easy to throw together. The less time you spend each day chopping and measuring, the more likely you are to stick to the menu. It’s worth the two or so hours on Sunday to get your ducks in a row.

Make sure you buy the right foods, have enough of them, carry them around if you have to. If you’re going to be eating out with friends, check the menu beforehand to be sure there are things you can eat.

The key to not losing friends while eating healthy is figuring out how to quietly handle your business without being a diva about it. In my case, I’ll eat before, join my friends and enjoy a drink. One drink. But nine times out of 10, there will at least be a salad on the menu, which can be ordered without dressing. No biggie. But being prepared for a variety of situations is priority numero uno.

By the way, the photo on this post is not my own. It’s from Wikipedia, but most meal prep looks the same.

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