We all have a busy life no matter if it’s working long hours in the office, taking care of the household, driving kids around or being a student. Finding time to cook isn’t always that easy and we kinda fall back on the convenience of fast food.
Food apps like UberEATS or Deliveroo make your food only two-three clicks and …“Your food is on it’s way” -will reach you in 20 min…you’ve been there far too many times because you didn’t have any food in the house.
Why it’s not always good to order food out.
1. The chance you’ll order too much and over eat is much bigger —> result gain weight
2. You don’t know all the extra shit they’ve added to enhance the flavor of the food —> result gain weight
3. You will spend much more money than when you cook yourself —> result spend all your money on getting fat
Meal preparation (meal prep) means you need to plan ahead what you will eat the following day or even days. In the beginning it will take some time to sort out what works best. But once you’ve got it all organised this will become easy and you’ll win so much time.
Meal prep will be different for most people Some have no time in mornings, having a croissant with the coffee is an easy solution but definitely not the healthiest. Others have to stay till late in the office and have no time to cook proper dinner. So…
1. Figure out what meal you should prepare and when will that be. Do you need to prep in the evenings or take the time in the weekend to get it all done
2. Plan your grocery shopping, best is to do it on the same day/time each week. Like that it will become a routine and you don’t have to think about it anymore.
3. Prepare a shopping list and buy only the food you wrote down on that list.
4. Get all sorts of Tupperware! Different sizes so you can store anything.
5. Have set places for different products in the fridge. You will save time when you don’t have too look for what you need.
I’ll give you an example.
Let’s say I’m coaching in the morning at 5:30am, I’ll prepare oats the night before and keep it in the fridge plus everything I want to take with me the next day on the same shelf. Only thing I need to do in the morning is remember to take it out.
Weekends I’ll prep some basics in large quantities like rice, oven roasted potatoes, healthy snacks, cooked or roasted veggies this will last 3-4 days. If I want to add meat to my meal I’ll cook that on the day it self. As I don’t like over cooked meat. And like that I can still decide on the day what I feel like eating.
Sometimes if I have too much of a meal I cooked and I don’t feel like eating it the same day again. I’ll freeze that in and will be my reserve for occasions I didn’t do all the above.
Now it’s up to you to sort it all out and if you need any help. Feel free to email me with your questions.
By: Carmen Bosmans, Performance Coach