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When Cooking in Advance Pays Off

After an amazing nine day vacation, my husband and I returned home to an empty refrigerator. After unpacking and doing laundry, the first thought to cross our minds was, ‘we need food!’ We planned on going to the grocery store the day after we returned but found ourselves working late to catch up from our time away.

The second day turned into the third day, then the fourth. In the past this would have meant that we were eating out for every meal. However, that wasn’t the case this time around. Thankfully, for a while I have been preparing extra food on weekends and storing it in the freezer in preparation for nights that we are busy and don’t have time to cook. Additionally, leftovers we don’t eat immediately also end up in the freezer. Therefore, when we got home from vacation we had enough food on hand for many breakfasts, lunches and dinners so we didn’t need to eat out every meal.

It lifted a weight off of our shoulders without the pressure of NEEDING to go to the grocery store immediately. Instead it allowed us to take our time to get there when time allowed.

Cooking in advance is a habit I consistently started implementing just over a year ago and it really paid off after this vacation. I found myself really appreciating the time I took upfront so we had this food on hand when we really needed it.

When working with clients and supporting them to implement new habits, we discuss that they need to be ready for the changes to ensure they’ll stick to them. Taking small steps to implement new habits or changes is important so they feel like a stretch but don’t add more stress.

These are the types of things we are going to cover during the FREE 7-Day Healthy Habits Challenge, which begins on March 20th. To learn more and sign up, visit

About Laura:

Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports busy adults who know what they should be eating but have a hard time sticking to it. She helps them identify what’s keeping them from sticking to what they know works. Together they make small, incremental changes to ensure they will be sustainable and won’t feel deprived. After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and happier.

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