Today, I am prepping. There are three of reasons for it:
1) I am going to have a very busy day;
2) I am giving my liver a bit of extra love in preparation for an upcoming international flight (more on that later);
3) I am going for a cardio workout today (not a norm for me, yet I am forcing my body to sweat a bit more this week to give my liver more "toxin uptake room" in preparation for travel).
How does the pictured "prep" above relate to all three points? I am about to tell you (enough "teasing," right?
Well, it is A LOT of veggies. Which, likely, means, I am juicing. You see, I do not prep for more than one day. EVER. If I am going to chop all this beautiful produce, there is NO way it is sitting in my fridge for days. The reason for this is that chopping veggies (and fruits) actually breaks down their fibers: great for easy use, when you are short on time (see point 1 above) but lousy for long-term storage.
While uncut and unpeeled fruits and veggies (especially when grown and bought locally), can survive storage for a few days quite well, the nutrient level in peeled and cut produce deteriorates quite rapidly. So, while your "prepped" fruits and veggies can make you feel proud upon exposing the contents of your fridge, they are not actually going to nourish your body as well. All those beautiful polyphenols and antioxidants abundant in fresh produce do not like to hang out longer than a few hours, after the produce is cut and its contents are exposed to air (sure, tight containers can help but who really wants to wrap all those beautiful greens in plastic wrap?).
Secondly, I am prepping today because I have been increasing my intake of fruits and veggies in preparation of my upcoming trip. While I usually eat a lot of produce (especially, veggies), I do not usually eat this much in just one day. So, yes, this is just for today's juicing, chopping for a family dinner salad will happen much later in the day:-).
And, finally, I am prepping today for juicing because vegetable juice is one of the best ways to replenish electrolytes (after a cardio workout as the case will be for me today, or otherwise).
Conclusion: I prefer to be prepared (as in, to ensure I have quality local produce for a few days) but not prepped.
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