Announcing the 2018 Saver and The Spender Meal Prep Challenge!!! New rules... see below!
This is a little different than described on the podcast. Kelsa and I decided that it should be a meal prep challenge only and not limit food choices to a real food/ paleo/ whole 30 type diet. If you want to do so, please do. If you want to just prepare meals with whatever recipes you like the most, that's great. We want to focus on the saving money aspect of meal prepping.
Meal prepping is a great way to save money and eat healthier. When you meal prep you avoid spending a ton of money on eating out, you can buy in bulk and get a better price per unit and you are in control of what you put in your mouth as far as quality and quantity.
We are happy to announce a 6 week meal prep challenge starting January 1st, 2018!
You will need some inexpensive containers (or here) so you can prep your meals with the proper portions. Read below for the full details, rules, tips and make sure you listen to the Saver and The Spender episode 24 with Dr. Mike Simon who goes over his personal experiences and his clients' experiences with meal prepping. Mike and Michael did discuss a more strict nutrition guidelines but that has now changed to whatever recipes or nutrition plan you want to use.
Entry is $25 (+$1.50 to cover Paypay processing fees) as an accountability incentive and all entries (minus Paypal fee) will go right back in to the kitty. Prize structure is described below.
6 WEEK MEAL PREP CHALLENGE
January 1st – February 11th
Registration is open until December 31st at 12pm Arizona Time.
$25 (+$1.50 to cover PayPal Processing fees)
How to register and participate:
- Complete the registration form and pay your registration fee here.
- Join The Saver and The Spender Facebook group if you haven't done so yet.
- Put in your name on the Google Sheets form here.
- Participate as much as possible in the Facebook group with encouragement, frustrations, questions, insights, tips and help each other with accountability.
- Log your daily points as described below in the Google Sheets form.
- If you want extra points make sure you weigh yourself, take a "before" picture and take your body fat percentage on January 1st.
This challenge is going to, first and foremost, be a budget “reset” to hopefully allow everyone to get back on track after the holidays. This is not simply a weight loss challenge. It is for anyone looking to save money on their grocery budget as well as see positive changes in their exercise performance, energy levels, body fat percentage, body weight and biomarkers, amongst many other things.
The best practice for meal prepping is to plan your meals with your favorite bulk recipes , shop and prepare all your meals for the week on Sunday. Check out the below video of the Podcast with Dr. Mike Simon on meal prepping.
Here are some more resources for tips and tricks for meal prepping:
All entry fees will towards the final winning payout. Prize payouts will be determined by number of participants as follows:
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Winners will be determined by a total point system outlined below and announced on February 12th, 2018. Everything is based on an honor system so please be honest in your reporting. Everyday you will log your points on a community Google Sheets file (similar to Excel). It is visible to all participants to keep people on the honor system and for team accountability.
3 Points: Perfect day of eating. No eating out and you stuck to your meal plan. If you are sticking to a particular diet you were perfect.
2 Points: Minor slip. You purchased or ate something not in your meal plan but it wasn't a full meal.
1 Point: Major slip, a full meal went bad.
0 Points: Missed more than one meal, you were bad throughout the day.
Meetings: Facebook Live! in The Saver and The Spender Facebook Group
Every Sunday we will go Live via Facebook to discuss how the past week went and prepare for the next week ahead. These meetings will last about 30 minutes and take place at noon Arizona time on the following Sundays:
Feb 11th Final wrap up!