Do This Trick Instead of Buying Takeaway
We often relate the term ‘takeaway food’ with convenience. But is it really more convenient to get in the car, drive to a food outlet, get out, walk in, perhaps wait for people there first, order your food, wait for the food, walk back to your car, drive back from the food outlet and then eat? It’s a bloody effort for one meal! Not to mention more than likely set you back anywhere from 15 to 30 bucks! And what about when you’re at work? Plenty of people use the majority of their lunch break going to and from getting food, then leave themselves with 10 – 15 mins to inhale everything. Don’t put yourself through that any longer! My trick……… FOOD PREP!
Yep. Food prep is the trick! Consider this. You set aside 1 – 2 hours per week dedicated to getting your meals organised, packed and ready to go. You have 168 hours in a week and you’ve sacrificed 2 hours at most, to ensure that you are giving yourself the best opportunity to achieve your health and fitness goals. You have 166 hours left to do with as you please!
What are the benefits to food prepping? Well, for starters, think of your hip pocket. I’ve worked out that my meals cost around $1.90 each. I prepare 18 meals, giving me a total of $34.20! That’s it!! $34.20 for 18 meals! Not only that, but YOU’RE IN CONTROL! You know what’s in them. You know there will be no garbage or ‘nasty’ stuff added. That in itself is reason enough to give food prepping a shot. Temptation removal. Ever been hit with hunger and have nothing on hand to eat? Ready made meals solves that issue. You’ll become more ‘in-tune’ with portion control. Often times meals bought are so large they can feed a small village! And to avoid feeling like we’re wasteful, we’ll eat the whole lot, even if we feel full and bloated. Which leads me to my next point… meal prepping can help you lose weight. Planning your meals in advance is key to weight loss as you know what, and how much, you are putting into your mouth.
Also, you will gain more will power. As you get into the swing of consistently eating healthy, you will gradually stop craving sugar and other fattening foods. Lastly, preparing meals can reduce stress! Stress can affect your immune system, cause digestive issues and disrupt your sleep pattern. Coming home from work and trying to come up with a plan for dinner can be stressful. A prepped meal just needs heating up and you’re good to go!
So if you’re serious about your health and fitness goal, be it lose weight, gain muscle, improve digestive health or just to feel and look better, give food prepping a go. In doing so you’ll receive some or all of the many benefits mentioned above. This can only be a great thing for your mind, body and soul!