After Medical Weight Loss, Eat Healthy in a Hurry
It’s been a long day at the office and rush hour traffic is making the trip home a slog. You had to bring a pile of work with you, but your kid also needs help finishing up a science project (it’s due tomorrow). As you consider all the responsibilities that await you at home, the thought of preparing a home-cooked meal is daunting—the fast food signs you see from the highway become more and more inviting.
Though your OPTIFAST products can simplify healthy eating during medical weight loss in Fayetteville or DeWitt, it will be up to you to maintain a nutritious diet once your meal replacement program has ended. Because eating out is often so unhealthy, this means cooking your own healthy food at home, and the busy lives we lead can make this seem all but impossible.
It isn’t, but knowing how to save some time in the kitchen can be a huge help. If you learn a few ways to expedite the cooking process, you can eat healthy without spending hours in front of the stove, giving you more time to spend on everything else that vies for your attention each evening.
You can help yourself speed up healthy cooking after medical weight loss by:
- Organizing everything. Though it will take a few minutes of your time now, organizing your kitchen can save you hours in the long run. Instead of mounting a lengthy search every time you need a utensil or appliance, put each of them in a logical and accessible place. Keep like items together near the area you’ll use them most and move bulky, rarely-used items somewhere out of the way. You can also organize your meals more effectively by planning them all in advance—take time now to think of what you’ll eat each night this week and get all the ingredients you’ll need.
- Making bigger batches. If you have plenty of time to make a meal tonight, cook enough for leftovers and keep them in the freezer for an easily reheated meal on a more hectic night. Many appliances can make cooking big batches easier. Consider investing in a crock pot or rice cooker, which can be left to slow-cook large batches without the slightest supervision. You can prep your ingredients in the morning, throw them in the crock pot and come home to a perfect meal after work, then save what you don’t eat for another meal later in the week.
- Buying easier ingredients. Most microwaveable TV dinners aren’t exactly healthy options, but these aren’t the only prepackaged foods that can save you time in the kitchen. Buying canned and frozen foods will make it easier to just open up the package and get cooking. Though these options sometimes have less nutritional value than fresh varieties, they can still be healthy choices—just be sure to take a look at the nutrition label and ingredients.
Cooking takes time that you may feel you don’t have, but time-saving tips like these will make it much easier to maintain a healthy diet. How else have you helped yourself cook healthy after medical weight loss in Fayetteville or DeWitt? Share your strategies in the comments!