Food Prep Tips For The Time Poor

Weight Loss & Nutrition

About PJ

It’s a satisfying feeling to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives. I graduated from Health and Sports Science in 2004 as an Exercise Physiologist. It’s my job at Ignite to do whatever I can to ensure our clients are using Ignite and getting the great results that everyone wants.
When it comes to our nutrition, as a general rule of thumb, the more we think about what we’re going to eat in advance, the better and healthier it turns out!
For example if we work a 12 hour day and come home to an empty kitchen the chances of Thai Takeaway is significantly higher than if we have a meal ready to re heat in the fridge from last night’s big cook up.
Likewise, if hit snooze a few too many times and we’re running late, we’re much more likely to end up with a milky coffee and cheese and bacon roll from the cafe on route to work than if we’ve cooked a frittata on the weekend and have portions laid out and ready to throw in the microwave in the morning.
It’s not that this person is sitting down on Sunday night and planning to have banana bread and coffee for brekky every day, this scenario usually plays out because there’s other things in this person’s life occupying their time and energy and they’re actually not thinking about their food in advance at all. Enter Uber Eats!
It’s these people who this post is for: ”How can I make healthier food choices in a time effective manner when I’ve already got a lot on my plate (pun intended)”??
1) Do your shopping online. Having your groceries delivered to your door can free up time to prepare a meal or two.
Whilst I enjoy the process of shopping personally I know Darren and Nadine and a number of Ignite clients who’ve benefited greatly from ease of having their shopping delivered. 
2) Cook Extra and set aside meals for subsequent lunches and dinners: You’ve likely heard me mention this one before. That’s because it works. Bulk cooking is about 10-20% more work for double or triple the amount of meals. If you’re time poor then the math really adds up on this one!
3) Don’t like cooking?? Source some healthy meals to have delivered: There’s plenty of food delivery services these days that will deliver meals (or ingredients depending on the service) to your doorstep.
A PT client of mine has lost 5kg this year and attributes much of this to having meals delivered to her doorstep  from befitfood. Another Ignite client with muscle gain goals has had success with mymusclechef.
4) Share the load: Have partners, housemates or even kids (if applicable) pitch in and cook a meal or two during the week, even if they aren’t as ‘savvy’ in the kitchen! This little bit of help can really take the heat off if you’re time poor!
Every houseehold will be different on this one but sharing the load and planning who’ll cook what and when can go a long way to prevent being çaught out with no options.
5) Have a good Takeaway option to turn to: If you’ve got everything dialled in this may not be applicable for you however having a ‘go to’ healthy takeaway option that you can turn to on ‘those nights’ is worthwhile for many people. Sushi / Sashimi, grilled fish and salad etc. can be better ‘go to’options when ‘life happens’.
When it comes to your nutrition, there will be a time commitment (no matter what you eat), however by thinking ahead and using some of the planning and organisation tips above you can use your planning and organisation time wisely and for maximum benefit!