Confession: I have never food prepped before in my life until today.
*cue the gasps*
No but for real, I have a loving mother who loves to cook and she is a doll and makes everything for me. Not to mention I am lazier than a sack of rocks when it comes to that kind of stuff, so I will literally take a fork and eat my tuna out of the packet, or take an uncut cucumber and just start biting pieces of it off instead of slicing it.
Seriously, if I had a fairy godmother, I'd ask her to just wave her wand and prep clean foods for me so I wouldn't have to. It's a lot of exhausting work, but it's worth it.
Bags on bags on bags of clean eats.
In this picture, I have prepped turkey burgers, a medley of fish (cod, salmon, tilapia, and pollock), sweet potatoes, red potatoes, quinoa, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
Why am I prepping now, you ask?
Well, this holiday season, I've gotten lazy. I've eaten so many Oreos, Reese's chips, peppermint popcorn, puppy chow, and so many other decadent foods that I can't even keep track of it anymore. If you put a sugar cookie in front of me you better hold back your children. A WILD HUNGRY TEENAGER WITH A BOTTOMLESS STOMACH APPEARED! Hide your kids and hide your wife because I'm eating all the sugar cookies around here.
Do I regret it? Not one single bit. It was a superb mental break and something I have needed to do for a long time. But now, I have something to prep for, not just my LIFE, but something more.
In May, I will be competing in a CrossFit strongman competition. Yep! I said it! I'm competitive. I go BIG or go home. There is no one I want to beat more than myself. Proving to myself that I can set my mind to anything I tell it to is one of my favorite things to do. ;) I want to come in strong, I want to come in prepared. When I run on clean fuel (A.K.A. clean foods) I have a better performance. When I eat like a human vacuum cleaner inhaling all the sugar around town, my performance lacks substance and is significantly impaired.
Gun show. POW POW.
Plus, I want to see how far I can push my body (in a healthy way, don't worry guys). I want to see how much (healthy) muscle I can put on with clean fuel. Will I have my treats? That's like asking Bugs Bunny if he's going to continue eating carrots. Obviously I will. But I won't have them everyday like I have been, and I'm going to treat food as fuel, which it technically is. :)
This is fuel right?! Cake batter, red velvet, cookies and cream, and cinnamon donut fro-yo. THAT'S what's up. With every topping they had. :)
Within the next week, I also plan on prepping more protein sources such as: chicken breasts, more salmon, ground turkey, shrimp, and hard-boiled eggs. I am consuming a lot of vegetables including copious amounts of broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sauerkraut, spinach, kale, okra, you name the veggie, I eat it. I'm increasing my carbs drastically to keep my energy levels skyrocketing so I can push it at the gym, so this means tons of sweet potatoes, red potatoes, oats, wheat bran, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, and rice cakes. And of course I'm going to consume my healthy fats consisting of egg yolks, avocados, my oils (I have peanut, extra virgin olive, and coconut), coconut butter, natural nut butters (got to have my peanut butter!), and raw nuts.
With my OWN money, and NOT my parents', I went to the grocery store and purchased all my clean eats because it means something to me. Put good in, get good out. I prepped all my food by myself. If you want it bad enough, YOU WILL WORK FOR IT. Nothing in life is handed to you. :)
And yes, on a sidenote, I have removed dairy from my food consumption not because I'm going Paleo or anything but because it's causing me to break out like crazy. I'm a teenager and I already have crazy hormones that cause me to break out with the snap of a finger, and dairy is honestly not helping it. I'm cutting my beloved cottage cheese and Greek yogurt for a week or two to see if my face clears up, and I will gradually add it back in when I (hopefully) see improvement.
I can't wait to document my journey on getting swole for this competition. It's going to be pretty awesome. ;)
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Questions: Do you food prep? Do you find it a hassle or a blessing?