Being told by your doctor you have Type 2 diabetes can come as a shock. It is often difficult to accept you have to take this disease seriously.
Changing the type of foods you eat, including more physical activity in your life, monitoring your blood sugar and maybe taking diabetes medications, can interfere with your life as you knew it.
You have been advised to eat a healthy, balanced diet and that it’s not really negotiable. This means no processed foods. In fact, many people can manage their Type 2 diabetes simply by choosing the right kinds and amounts of food, along with increasing their physical activity, and not need to take any medication at all…
So, as you gear up for your healthy eating plan, one thing you must take into account is food preparation. Often, what determines whether you stick with the diet or fall off the radar, is the food prep you utilize.
Lack of food prep means you will be spending hours cooking your meals each day – something most of us simply do not have time for.
With proper food prep however, you will find you barely spend any more time in the kitchen than you did before, while following your unhealthy eating plan.
Want some tips to make food prep as efficient as possible? Read on and get ready to make healthy eating a breeze…
Purchase Pre-Cut Veggies. First, if you struggle to get in your vegetables, make sure you consider purchasing them pre-cut. While you will pay a little more for them this way, if it means you get them in, it’s well worth it.
As an alternative, you can also use frozen vegetables in your meal, just note they won’t taste quite the same. But, they are basically ready Meal prep UK to go when you are – you just need to add them in a few minutes prior to your meal being done.
Slow Cook In Batches. It’s also a great idea to make use of a slow cooker. Slow cooking is an easy way to get food onto your table as you just throw everything into the slow cooker and then forget about it.
Slow cook large batches of food that will easily work as leftovers for the next 3 to 4 days.
Use Your Freezer Wisely. Speaking of left-overs, make sure you are using your freezer wisely. Whenever you prepare a large batch of food, freeze 3 to 4 servings in individual sized containers so you can just take them out for a quick meal on the go.
Purchase freezer safe Tupperware or simply freeze your left-overs in ‘old’ margarine containers if you have some. Either will work well.
Designate One Day As The ‘Cooking’ Day Each Week. Finally, consider designating one day each week to cooking. Sunday works great for this purpose as most people don’t have a lot going on. Spend a few hours preparing as much of your weekly meals ahead of time as you can.
You likely won’t be able to prepare them all, but the more you can get ready, the easier it will be during the busy work-week.