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Prepped and Packed meal preparation

by Paul Hayward
Wednesday 1st February 2017
This time last year we previewed the “Prepped and Packed” meal preparation solution (here) and now one year on, amidst of peoples’ new year fitness resolutions in full flow, I thought it would be good to discuss how it has helped transform my training, my nutrition and my performance. 
So what is Prepped and Packed and what does it offer to you and to me? Prepped and Packed advertises on being a “meal management” system offering bags that enable the user to prepare their food for the coming days or the week and transport them easily, through cleverly designed bags utilising ice packs to create “cool areas”, to ensure your food and drinks remain fresh. 

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So just how good are they? 
Over the course of 2016 the Prepped and Packed meal preparation system has changed the way I train and the way I race. Before 2016 my post race recovery would usually involve a plastic bag containing a recovery shake and a flapjack; followed by some form of food on the way home which could range from a pub lunch to a Starbucks. 
Now I had put the work in race day, so this was a surely a treat and was fine? However having the option to have a recovery shake followed by some Green Thai chicken curry or some lasagne through Prepped and Packed suddenly provided me with the chance to give my body what it needed, some real nutrition after asking a lot of it. I noticed that I stopped feeling so hungry post race and my body began to recover more quickly, all as I was safe in the knowledge that my food stored in my Prepped and Packed bag would not be going off or was not at risk. 

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This small change was the start though, I noticed that I now had the option of cooking Turkey Stir Fry and keeping some for the following day at lunch or even better, I could suddenly plan my food round my training in the week. I am lucky enough to be able to use my lunch hour to run or to be able to cycle to work (21 miles) and this means that lunch was usually a sandwich from M & S. However the Prepped and Packed meal system got me into the “way of thinking” that I had options and I could train hard, then have stir fry for lunch or chilli and rice and not worry about eating properly. 
It sounds crazy, as if you are at the stage of training / racing where you respect your nutrition and eating, as this is such a simple thing to do. But on looking round to my friends, bar those who lift weights all the time, we all seem to live on sandwiches full of salt or mediocre food. Prepped and Packed has changed that for me and gone further than just a way of “transporting food”; it has given me options and made me think that “clean eating” is achievable, even for me. 
Prepped and Packed offer a host of different options for meal management for the commuter, the racer and everything in between: https://preppedandpacked.com/

About The Author

Paul Hayward

I am 33 years old and spend the majority of my life within an office environment. Whilst I played football, I never really took an interest in sport let alone athletics. In 2011 I joined a gym as I was slightly concerned about my weight. However I was, like an awful lot of my colleagues, coasting and I considered spinning three times a week a workout.
This changed when I took up a circuits class and found myself entering Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest London in November 2011. I was assured by my friends that this was a good idea and would be a “challenge”.
I had never entered any form of competitive event before and training for this run changed me. I listened to my personal trainer, who assured me that if I quit drink I could be dangerous, and sorted out my diet, stopped drinking so much and focussed my training. I completed the race in just over an hour and I was instantly bitten by the racing bug, I loved the challenge the event offered. 
Nearly two years on I have completed a half marathon in 1hour 49 minutes, came 6th in the Rat Race Horseplay 5k event and usually come within the top 30% at Obstacle Course races. I am also a part time triathlete and I am lucky to find myself in a running club where we have a great coach and the focus is on members. If I am honest - I came to running through these events and I am not alone.
My aim through Run 247 is to promote, discuss and publicise Obstacle Course racing. It is becoming huge and over the coming months we will cover all of the major races and the new competitors entering the scene. 

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