#eatsByVix: Meal Prep Like a Boss
Women have, traditionally, always had to do “all of the things.” Cook, clean, raise the children and be a badass boss. Someday, I hope to have a husband/partner to actually take on half of these essential roles, but as young women spend more time alone and independent, there are more things to consider when it comes to your to-do list.
I’ve been living on my own, in an apartment, since I was 19 -- my first apartment experience was just outside of Vatican City in Rome, Italy. That’s right, I moved to Rome in January of 2008 for a semester abroad with college friends who became family. Since I already knew how to cook, they called me Momma and I took on that role with the fierce independence that has been part of me since childhood.
My grandmother, also a fierce Italian woman, taught me how to cook before I could reach the stove. We would spend hours going over her recipes, handwriting them, creating new ones… and then, at 22, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. My mom and my brother also suffer from this gluten-insensitivity and it completely changed our lives.
On one hand, I finally learned that eating does NOT mean you have to have a stomachache and that when your brain is not bogged down by fog, you can really do ALL of the things ALL of the time with exact precision.
I also learned that it doesn’t have to hurt when someone touches you -- because, for me, I was so inflamed in my early 20s that it actually was painful to be touched.
Your life changes when you’re not always in pain… when you’re not always stressed. And this is the inspiration behind #eatsByVix. It doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time to cook quality meals AND, if you hack it right, you can still enjoy seasonal favorites, comfort food classics and dessert (yes, really).
I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist -- I’m just a Boss running her company and her life with a precise understanding of her unique system for success and how PLANNING allows her to make the choices she needs to succeed.
Are you ready to get that same mental clarity, and mind, body and soul connection? Alright then, tutto mangiamo! Let’s eat!
Meal Prep Like a Boss
Meal prepping IS the key to success. #VixDoesRecipes is an iteration of a Pinterest board I started years ago to save things that I wanted to hack. That is where Vix comes from -- my friends always said I had the “fix” and I felt it wasn’t original enough so I made it the Vix and I’ve been #VixFix-ing things ever since!
Step 1: What Do You Enjoy?
The key to meal prepping is deciding what you LIKE to eat. If you like to eat pasta, there are plenty of ways to make that happen without feeling constantly full and over-carbed. If you like to eat dessert, there are ways to make that work too. If you don’t like to eat lunch? I hear that! And there are ways that I use to get around it. Remember, this is just what works for me so it takes a lot of trial and error but finding a place to start is ALWAYS helpful, so that’s what I hope to provide to you with this series.
Step 2: What Works for Your Schedule?
Going #glutenfree and #dairyfree is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I went #glutenfree 7 years ago and NEVER looked back… dairy came next and that was a switch I made about 5 years ago, also totally worth it!
This doesn’t work with everyone’s schedule but you CAN make it work if you feel it’s right for you. That’s why meal prepping is key! Planning out your meals on a weekly basis will help you feel more secure when it comes to making decisions.
I do not ever eat gluten but I will say I’ve tried cheese again recently and it is something that sometimes, in very limited quantities, works with my body.
Step 3: Know Thy Self
Know your body, know what you know and know yourself. If you know that you like going out to dinner X number of days per week or if you know you’ll be going on dates X number of nights per week (because that IS something we do!) plan for that as you meal prep. Think about how many nights you’ll cook, how many nights you’ll actually want to eat what you’ve cooked and how many nights you’ll be able to take the break you need to eat what you’ve made.
Kindness is Key
This isn’t a step so much as a word of caution -- being kind to yourself when it comes to YOUR food habits is KEY to creating a sustainable lifestyle. Being Boss means you DO need to have these things handled and planned… because once you’re not fixated on how to manage your self-care, you can open your mind up to SO many more things (don’t believe me? Read this post about my successes in year 2 of my business!).
#eatsbyVix Sample Meal Prep Week 1
I make a note on my iPhone when I go to the grocery store with the items I need separating them by location in the store I’m going to -- I am weird, yes, but this is what works for me. I also separate the items I need by recipe so I know that I’ve actually got everything I need to cook for the week. Feel free to add, adapt and change these as you need. I’d LOVE to hear how meal prepping helps you stay on top of your game, so don’t forget to join my FREE Facebook Group, DIY Your Digital Empire, to discuss life, work and support ALL of our goals with the tools at our fingertips.
Here’s what I buy on an average week:
- So Delicious Coconut Creamer (French Vanilla; for my Venti Quad Espresso from Starbucks)
- 1 package of ground turkey
- 1 package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 package of boneless chicken tenders
- 1 package of ground beef
- 1 package of ground pork
- 1 dozen brown eggs
- 2 containers of Gotham Greens Vegan Pesto
- 5 packages of frozen quinoa
- 5 packages of frozen cauliflower rice
- 1 package of frozen peppers
- 2 packages of tri-color frozen carrots
- 2 packages of tri-color frozen cauliflower
- 1 package of Siete Foods tortillas
- 3 boxes of Banza Pasta
- One half lb of roast beef
- One half lb of turkey
- 1 cooked roast chicken
- 4 cans of tomatoes, 2 crushed and 2 diced from your brand of choice
- 1 container of coconut flour
- 1 package of Daiya cheddar slices
- 1 package almond flour
- 1 container of soy-free Vegenaise Mayo from Follow Your Heart
- 5 Containers of Follow Your Heart Parmesan Cheese
- 1 package of elephant garlic (tastes better, saves you time, easier to chop!)
- 2-3 yellow onions
- Large container of Olive Oil, cold pressed, Whole Foods 365 Italian or Spanish blend
- Coconut Oil Non-Stick Spray
After shopping, I often make the same meals. I am a creature of habit and will sometimes introduce other items in, but I often save that for my meals out. All of my meals are gluten and dairy free, some are vegan.
Terrific Turkey Chili
Fridge Clean Out Weekday Chicken
Spicy Almond Flour Chicken Tenders
Fridge Clean Out Weekday Chicken
Quick Pasta Trio: Pesto, Carbonara and Peas
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