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“Quality, good-for-you food is not difficult to prepare,” says Dianne Bailey, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, owner of The Conditioning Classroom in Colorado, and co-author of Eating Simply. “But it does not miraculously appear on your table or in your lunch box either.” This is why planning ahead to make sure that you’ll have healthy foods on hand is essential for success. “A weekly trip to the grocery store is absolutely necessary and having certain ‘go to’ foods available in your pantry is extremely helpful,” Bailey added. She says you don’t have to stress over having every meal for every day perfectly planned out, but that you simply want to make sure you’ll have the right ingredients on hand so that each meal you put together will provide your body with the nutrients your body needs.