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Confessions of a Trainer: I HATE Cooking!

Confessions of a Trainer: I HATE Cooking!

…and I don’t think I am very good at it.

There is this myth floating around that as a trainer I love cooking new, healthy recipes each week which in return keep me in the best shape of my life.

FALSE.

New recipes scare me. I refuse to make anything with more than 5 ingredients. And when I get home most nights at 6:30-7PM with a 9PM bedtime, cooking is at the bottom of my priority list.

I struggled with this preconceived notion I need to spend all this time in the kitchen and actually enjoy it. These 4 things saved me. My life now…easy peasy {kind of}.

1) K.I.S.S.

Keep. It. Simple. Stupid.

As soon as I stopped over-thinking healthy eating, everything changed. When you’re suppose to be a fitness & nutrition guru, you constantly get “Well what are you doing?”.

I go to the grocery store.
I pretty much get the exact same things
I buy only what I need
I am now forced to eat what I buy

I created the 21 Foodsย + 21 Day Challenge for my clients. The purpose of this challenge? To remind all of us to just keep it simple. We all have our favorite go to meats, proteins, fruits etc. so stick with what you like.

2) Meal Prep

Just do it. Need I say more?

Every Sunday I prepare

Egg White Muffins
Overnight Oats
Chicken {season differently each week}
Sweet Potato Friesย 

3) Go To Recipes

Burgers on the grill
Bacon in the microwave
Guacamoleย + Salsa
Frozen Vegetables

15 minutes max. What is your go to recipe?

Be sure to have one and use accordingly.

4) Help is Ok!

I first heard of Paleo Works several years ago. I suggested their meals to several of my clients, but refused to order for myself.

Why?

The stubborn, recovering perfectionist, thought surely I should be able to make my own food for the week.

In January I waved the white flag and placed an order…and continued to place an order each week since. Don’t be like me. Knowing I do not have to worry about 4-6 meals each week takes a load of stress off my plate.

The goal with a healthy lifestyle is to be able to sustain….this is all sustainable.