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Meal prep woes

Food is nutrition and fuel.  As such, I’ve decided to take the plunge and embrace meal prepping.  Although I try as much as possible to prepare lunches the night before, I’ve found that over the years, it doesn’t always work out and I tend to get frustrated over a lack of ideas or time.  I want to be better at it, especially as things at work have gotten busier.  I want to take better care of myself.  One way to do this is to plan out my daily breakfast and lunch.  
Not going to lie, the whole concept of meal prepping is really intimidating to me.  I’ve seen pros at it post pictures on Instagram and share what they do on their blogs, etc.  To be honest, it’s probably the biggest reason why I haven’t done it before.  Researching a bit on Google helped a bit.  I found a few blog posts and articles about meal prep 101 that I hope will help me begin.  I’ve condensed them to what I think are the most important for a novice like me.
  • Pick your day ahead of time—>Basically this means that pick a day of the week to do all the prep.  Most folks pick Sundays.  
  • Know your numbers and go grocery shopping—>This means that you should know which meals you will be prepping for and how many meals you will need each day.
  • Stick with staple items and begin with foods you hate—>Include a protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fat.  Also, by tackling foods you’re not particularly fond of, you lessen the anxiety of preparing them and get to the stuff you enjoy that much quicker.  
  • Invest in good containers and a cooler or insulated meal bag.
I’ve decided to slowly get myself into a meal prep routine.  So far, I’ve prepped breakfast and lunch for the next few days.  I think there’s going to be a lot of figuring out what works for me, both in terms of how much to pack as well as the vessels I’ll use.  I don’t want to use containers that are too heavy, especially commuting after a long day at work.  
Anyone out there do meal prep?  Any tips on how to begin or containers I could invest in?

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