January is often the time where people jump on a bandwagon in hopes of shedding bad habits and gaining new ones. I don’t know about all that. I think January is a great time to reset and work on yourself, but I don’t think it’s a better time than any other. There are often so many fad diets that it’s impossible to keep up with what’s trendy, what’s ridiculous and what might have some truth to it.
In my opinion our relationship with food has become an unhealthy obsession and a way for us to attempt to manage things that are far more complex than what we would like to believe. I think we often try to simplify and over complicate how we eat. Personally, restriction doesn’t work for me. I don’t like to feel confined and I don’t like putting a food in one category and keeping it there. I don’t believe that there are good and bad foods, but I think moderation and balance are the best ways for me to live without spending lots of time obsessing about what I eat.
With all that being said, you do you! Don’t feel like there are right and wrong ways to eat and prepare food. Everyone has different needs and different tastes and that’s great. We all the know the basics to healthy eating and living and that’s enough.
You won’t live forever on double cheeseburgers and milkshakes, but they won’t kill you only eating them now and again. That’s just how I feel and what I know to be realistic for me. I listen to the podcast Girls Gone WOD regularly and they are always taking about how food and exercise are not transactions. I completely agree!
Enough about my food philosophy! I’ll step down off my soap box now. Ya’ll know I dig some meal prep! It makes my life easiest and I’m so happy to come home to food that my future self organized for my tired, current self. Can you relate?! Every month I take tally on cuts of protein that we need from my freezer and go from there. I like a mix of different cuisine types, different protein sources and different cooking techniques. January is all about cozy food and beating the winter blues.
Let’s get into what I’ll be making this month.
I saw this all the time, but meal prep doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy. You don’t have to prep three meals a day to enjoy the benefits of making some food ahead of time. Sometimes just having one or two dinners done in a week can make a big difference. I also love to make a big batch of something and freeze some of it for another time. I’ve found that you can freeze basically any meal and it always heats up beautifully as if you’ve just made it. Casseroles, meats and soups are especially easy to warm up from the freezer.
No matter what your January looks like I hope you remember balance. Don’t get caught up with Instagram challenges, cleanses and fad diets if they might hurt your relationship with your self and how you see food.
It’s also worth mentioning that I’m completely obsessed with hot tea in beautiful mugs.
Do you like meal prepping food for later?
Are you working to form new habits this year?