Meal Prep – Why aren’t you doing it?
Nutrition is a big part of achieving any fitness goal, whether it be performance or body composition based. Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Peformance – and this couldn’t be more true than when talking about what people eat. Whether you’re powerlifting, dieting down for summer or simply want to stop eating a bunch of crap – meal prep will help.
Meal prep (cooking your meals and portioning them in advance) has become a fairly large movement in the last few years, with many companies now offering complete meals delivered weekly (for a price, of course). These services are definitely convenient, however they are often quite expensive – as is to be expected when someone else is cooking all your meals for you, and delivering them.
Doing your own meal prep, on the other hand, will save you time through the week and very often save you a bunch of money due to your lack of willpower sending you through the KFC drive through for the third time this week. The best part is – it’s bloody easy.
Step 1: Plan some meals for the week
Step 2: Buy what you need and not what you don’t
Step 3: Cook in bulk
Step 4: Pack away meals in separate containers, grab n go when you need
In my case, about two hours of cooking per week (one hour on a Sunday, one hour on a Wednesday) covers all my meals. A lot of people when they first hear about meal prep say ‘oh, I don’t have the time’. Bullshit! Put everything in a slow cooker and set it and forget it. It ‘costs’ way more in time to cook every day than it does to carve out an hour and basically feed yourself for a week.
‘Oh but I don’t know how to cook’ – learn. Be an adult and feed yourself, haha. Challenge yourself to try a new recipe each week / month, whatever you’re comfortable with.
We had enough people at the gym ask about my food / what I was eating while at the gym that I made a video on how I do things – nothing fancy, so easy anyone can do it. Please excuse the sun burn, I was an idiot.