It’s always been one of my favourite sayings in life; ‘the more you put in to something, the more you get out of it!’ I think it came from my mum when I was growing up and it’s just stuck with me and definitely a concept I try to apply to everything in life! I’m not sure it directly relates to what I am about to talk about but I definitely feel like it has some set of relevance.
Ok, so after that slightly random intro, I’ll get on to the meaty stuff and that is meal prep. I know that this is something adopted by fitness junkies in order for them to ensure they are getting the right amount of carbs, fats and proteins in their diets however, I am coming at it more from a diabetes management stance.
It is my aim every weekend to plan my meals for the week and do a bulk cook in order to try and keep on top of diabetes management. Now, this is a lovely ideal however, sometimes for whatever reason, life gets in the way and it’s not quite possible. Here is where I notice something interesting. On the weeks that I am not able to meal prep, I definitely have much more volatile blood sugars due to a couple of reasons; 1. I am having to carb guess for random stuff that I pick up and cobble together along the way 2. I inevitably end up snacking more as I don’t have a plan 3. I end up eating less healthy options.
Through a lot of trial and error, I think I have now pretty much nailed the best way of meal prepping alongside a bit of a random ‘traffic light system’ which helps keep everything on track, I’ve outlined my top tips below:
1. Stock up on single serving sized Tupperware so you can portion things individually
2. Choose two lunch and two dinner recipes for each week and make in bulk so it’s not too much cooking
3. Vary your breakfasts between sweet and savoury options
4. Find some good cereal bars or similar that you know the exact carb count for and can combat that mid afternoon munchie craving
5. Look at your upcoming week and label each day green, amber or red. Green means that it is a day where you should be able to stay completely on track, amber is a day where you might need to adopt some flexibility and red is for a day where you will definitely be eating things that may cause blood sugar challenges. This means that you can plan accordingly and you can still live your life without getting anxious about your sugars!
I know that may all seem a bit too planned and it’s not for everyone but it’s just something I’ve noticed over the past year or so and wanted to share.