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THE BENEFITS OF MEAL PREPPING

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WHY YOU CAN INCORPORATE MEAL PREP INTO YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE

In general, women in the United States and all around the world are destined to have busy schedules throughout the week. After all, we are mothers, providers, nurturers, house cleaners, workers, and so much more. We are always on the run trying to balance out our personal life with our work life. All these tasks can be a blessing and a massive curse at the same time. Busy schedules can cause us to neglect our health, particularly our eating habits. 

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Having a hectic schedule may cause you to stray away from healthy foods and resort to unhealthy options, such as fast food and convenience store junk food. To avoid this nasty habit, you should choose one day out of the week to meal prep your meals. Meal prepping is a great way to help manage your portion sizes and ensure that you eat a healthy meal every day. Now, you might be asking yourself, but why would anybody want to plan out their meals? 

Well, have you ever heard of the 5 P’s rule that applies to meal prepping? Prior planning prevents possible problems. Meal prepping is the process of preparing meals in advance and then portioning it out to consume throughout the rest of the week. In the long run, it allows you to have more time to focus on other tasks and decreases your chances of eating unhealthy food. It also saves money by not having to eat out. According to a study published by Biomed Central, the participants showed signs of a healthier diet when incorporating meal prepping into their schedule, and the female participants appeared to have lower chances of becoming overweight. 

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Meal prepping is a routine that can be personalized depending on how you would like to organize your meals. For example, Jessica Hicks, RD, a dietician at NorthShore University HealthSystem, suggests that you can prepare meals for the whole week or specific days, or you can simply prepare ingredients in advance to help speed up your daily cooking process. Nonetheless, by doing such, you will always have healthy meals ready to heat up and eat, especially if you’re on the go. 

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Not only does meal prepping help you maintain a healthy diet, but it also keeps you from overspending and actually helps you save your money, as you are not overindulging in fast-food meals on a daily basis.

All in all, meal prepping is a great routine to add to your daily lifestyle. This routine allows you to plan your meals accordingly, without stressing and encourages you to eat healthy throughout the week.