Victoria Thornewell: How I Prep My Meals

 

Ok, so here is the majority of gym goers' sticking point, and one that you either love or hate… meal prep! I personally have never minded buying, weighing out and cooking my meals as I try to work pretty strategically so that it's done in a fast but thorough manner.

There are plenty of ways to make prep easy, just be sure not to over complicate things. I cook for three days at a time, so Monday to Wednesday then Wednesday to Saturday, and I then do Sunday's meals on Sunday morning. Although cooking three times a week seems like a lot, sometimes it’s not convenient to cook seven days’ worth and freeze them.

  1. First of all, you need to plan in advance to know what fits your plan. (I like to use MyFitnessPal, but there are other apps and spreadsheets available to track your food intake). Once you’re sure you’ve got your intake in hand, take to the supermarket and buy your ingredients.
  2. Start with the veg and carbs, as these can be cooking while you attend to your proteins. Weighing everything out raw, ensure you’re cooking enough for the days planned. In my case, if I was prepping for three days and having one meal a day which included 30g of rice, I’d cook 90g of raw rice.
  3. Weigh out your protein (meat/fish) raw and cook separately. With meat and fish, once it's cooked there is a lot of shrinkage, so it’s best to cook each thing separately. If roasting chicken, do each piece separate in foil so it’s easier to divide up when cooked.
  4. Once your protein is cooked, divide up into plastic tubs, ready for the remainder of your meals
  5. Once your carbs are cooked, weigh as a whole and then divide. When using my example at point 2, if I’ve cooked 90g of raw rice, once it's cooked it will weigh 3 times that, so pour all of it into a tub and divide equally between the 3 tubs
  6. Wait for everything to cool, pop the lids on and place in the fridge.

Tips:

– If any of your meals include tuna or any other fresh fish, prepare that meal either the night       before or morning of consumption

– Never eat a meal past three days old, just to be on the safe side

– Always plan ahead, and use an app that suits you

– If you can’t find the item on your tracking app you’re looking for, try to scan the barcode

About the Author

My name is Victoria Thornewell, I’m 22 years old and I’m from Leicester. I am currently a PhD Nutrition brand ambassador, working closely with Monster Supplements to bring you the advice you’re looking for, getting you the results you want through the right product recommendation. I have been in the fitness industry for over 18 months now, and I am thrilled that I can be part of such an amazing team. Both Monster Supplements and PhD Nutrition offer their customers the best products as good prices and with proven results. Age: 22 years old Height: 163cm Occupation: Marketing Coordinator, Hospitality Room Manager and Bikini Fitness Athlete. Achievements: I am currently the UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow Junior Bikini Fitness champion (2015) having won back in July. This was my first ever bodybuilding competition, so I am thrilled to be carrying the title. I am also previous Miss Leicester beauty queen (2014/15) having been in the modelling industry for over 3 years. My goals? Work my butt off so that one day, my idols become my rivals.
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