1) Prepare meals in advance. Having lean meat prepared in advanced with fruits and veggies cleaned and ready to go will encourage healthy eating habits because it’s there and ready to go. It also fights the urge to grab something on the go at a gas station or restaurant. Check out great places like Ciolino’s in Toledo for amazing, very low priced produce! You can load up on a couple weeks worth of produce for $30.
2) Have a shaker bottle on hand. Whey protein has come a long way in taste and is the top choice for a post-workout recovery shake. This takes about 30 seconds to prepare. Common concern? I don’t want to spend $50 on protein powder. $50 of a quality whey can offer over 70 servings. That’s less than 75 cents per drink AND you know it’s a quality drink with 20-25 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat, and low sugar. Get your carbs from some berries or an apple and you’re golden. What are we willing to pay at a smoothie joint loaded with extras in fat and sugar? $2 a shake? $3 a shake? $4 a shake? People are willing to spend $2-$10 or more on alcoholic drinks at a bar. Pop averages out to be 50 cents a can or a dollar or more in a vending machine. Yep! Springing for over 70 healthy shakes is definitely affordable and carries the bonus of benefiting your body.
3) Be wary of restaurants and other joints that don’t reveal full nutritional values of their menus. What exactly are they hiding? Hmmmm…….