A big hang up at our house is meal prepping. I don't enjoy being in the kitchen. I also don't enjoy meals taking a long time to put together. To make it a little more difficult, Jon usually doesn't enjoy the same food I do and is a little more picky. But I have found that if I don't plan my meals and have them at least somewhat ready at the start of the week, I won't stay on track with my goals.
Some of my friends have had great success with apps like Plan To Eat which help you import recipes in your "cookbook" and then you can plan a whole month of meals simply by dragging the recipe over to it's allotted spot on the calendar. Then a grocery list is generated for you. For me, the good old fashioned pen and paper work best in planning my meals, and I will only plan out for a week at a time. Find whatever method works for you and stick with it! It will make your life easier and keeps you humming along towards your goals.
At the beginning of the week, usually Sunday, I'll whip up whatever I can in bulk for the coming week (rice, potatoes, meat, hard boiled eggs, etc). For about 4 months I portioned everything out as meals into individual containers for every meal I'd eat, but that was so time consuming and I found that as long as I had the food made up, I would still eat it if I still had to portion it out right before eating. At the end of the week, if I have anything left over, I'll plan that into meals for the beginning of the following week.
Benefits to meal prep:
*You don't have an excuse to go out and grab something unhealthy
*Rushed for time? No problem! Everything can already be made up ahead of time.
*Grab and go--if you want you can bring all the meals you'd need in a day with you when you leave the house in the morning!
*Keeps you on budget
*You won't waste food
Feel free to share your ideas and what has worked for you with meal prep!