I went food shopping. I ate my last freezer meal just a few days prior. Thankfully my frozen dishes kept me afloat amid the recent 'drought'. As the meals started to dwindle I slowly and progressively started eating out a little bit.. consuming dishes that I don’t typically eat, or eat that often. I was veering off from what has become my new normal.
New Normal- making my own meals, being mindful of ingredients, paying attention to portions.
Drawbacks of not food shopping:
- Dining out too often
- Spending money unnecessarily
- Feeling less in control
- Consuming things that you wouldn’t otherwise
A little of the above is cool. In my case though, when this behavior has the potential to negate all the work and effort I’ve invested for almost two years, I needed to nip it in the bud asap.
My excuse is that I've been busy, which I have, but it is still an excuse nonetheless. To my defense, much of my time spent has been working on my womenswear brand, Gwen Beloti Collection (exciting). That’s great and all, but... if I want to excel with that endeavor and any other, I'd have a much better chance if I’m healthier and feel good. My confidence improves tremendously when I eat right, it feels like a celebration when I prioritize my wellbeing.
So I had to get back in the swing of things. My mama and I went to my favorite supermarket Trader Joes over the memorial weekend. I stocked up! Here is what I prepped with said groceries over the holiday weekend and throughout the week…
- Breakfast Bowls (eggs/sweet potatoes/protein of choice)
- Oatmeal Cups (cooked and frozen in muffin tins)
- Sweet Potato -Butternut Squash Ginger Salmon Stew
- Carrot - Butternut Squash Tomato Curry Stew
- Dark Cacao Mini Brownie / Fudge Bars
- Cookie Dough Balls
- Ground Turkey (cooked and frozen into 1.5oz servings)
- Roasted Veggies: Kale, Zucchini, Broccoli, Green Beans (not frozen, cooked for the week)
- Baked Bread: Anti-inflammatory Vegan - Gluten Free Loaf (doesn’t sound exciting I know, it's not bad though - will share more later)
- Diced and froze bananas
- Froze greens for smoothies
*I also purchased a few already frozen or pre-cooked items (Black Bean Burgers, Turkey Burgers & Vegan Sausages)
I might have missed a couple of things, but this is the gist of it. The hours it took to prep these dishes (5-10) will yield WEEKS of meals. It’s a major time saver in the long run.
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”
Feels good to be back. I’ll be honest though, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t so easily jump back into my routine after being off track for a bit. Thankfully it was all good, like I’d never stopped. It feels great to pack my meals daily and effortlessly too.
& you know what, life happens, we fall off sometimes. I think though, when you make a decision to change, to invest in you, to make consistent effort.. that all of that will sustain you during the brief of the beaten path periods.