Too many of us make excuses as to why we aren’t healthy. These excuses have lead to major complications, lower quality of life, and early death. Statistics are clear on the negative effects of neglecting our health, especially in the black community. Since health is our most valuable asset, here are a few tips to help you stop making excuses and invest in your health.
Meal Prep is a massive benefit. As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan, you can plan to fail. This is true for our health. Most people buy high fat foods on impulse. Studies have shown that what we put into our body in terms of food – has the greatest impact on our health. Preparing your meals, and the snacks you will eat for the entire week has shown to be a valuable weapon against impulse purchases. -Action Plan -Do this for the upcoming week. Take a day to prepare all your meals for that week including what you will eat for snacks. Write down a meal for each day, and the ingredients for that meal. For at least three meals include a dark green vegetable in some way, shape or form. Give yourself a day where you can eat something that you’re in love with. Try to get food that has to be cooked as opposed to being warmed up. (Nothing canned, or prepackaged). Go to the store and get only the items on your ingredient list. Once the cooking is completed store meals in containers. Eat only what you’ve prepared for that week. Put them in a specific area in fridge so you know where everything is at for dinner time. Meal prepping allows you to eat healthier have more time, more money and reduces high fat impulse buying.
Being healthy is not an easy task, it takes planning and work. Don’t let anyone tell you it is easy. It is an investment. As with any investment, it takes time energy effort and planning.