I find that eating mindfully during the summer months can be a little difficult at times. Do you?

Honestly, I don’t know why that is. There is a lot more socializing and eating out in the summer since the weather is so nice and that may be part of it. There are fresher and brighter foods to choose from and my husband Charles barbecues most nights. But, I get lazy and don’t always want to be home cooking unless my kids (and their significant others!) or company is coming for dinner. I want things that are quick and easy. That’s why being prepared and organized is important.

One of the first things that I tell my friends and clients is to be prepared at home. I know I repeat myself, but I can’t reiterate enough how important it is to get into the habit of prepping foods and having things available and in a prime location so that when you open the fridge door, you see it!

This isn’t just about doing these things to lose weight. It’s about getting into good healthy habits that become part of your lifestyle. It’s for people who have kids and want to set a good example, it’s for empty nesters, it’s for young adults who have moved out on their own, it’s for people who live by themselves, it’s for you and it’s for me!

Those fruits were all bought with good intentions. But when putting away your groceries if you leave them in in their containers, deep in the fridge drawers, they can end up being forgotten and getting moldy.

What to Do?

Use glass containers or beautiful ceramic bowls!! Wash, cut or peel your fruits (and veggies!) and place them in your containers. When you need a snack or something to add to your meal, it’s all ready, and easy to make a good choice!

It sounds so easy to do but I can count how many times I just put the baskets of Quebec strawberries in the fridge drawer and when I decided to use them, the color faded and the berries were soft and mushy. And if this happened to me, it can happen to you too!

So, what are we going to do? Make a pact with yourself. If you aren’t in the habit of prepping your fruit and veggies, start now. Today is the day!

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