3 Reasons Why Meal Prep is Important
By Genevieve Cunningham
If you've ever looked into any information about eating healthy and losing weight, then you've undoubtedly heard of the idea of meal prepping. Meal prepping involves cooking and storing a certain number of meals (most commonly a week) for consumption at a later date. Proponents of meal prepping say that, in the long run, it's much better for maintaining a well balanced diet and reaching your goal weight. But why? What’s so magical about cooking your meals in advance? If you haven't jumped on the meal prep train yet, take a look at these three reasons why it might be a good idea to give it a try.
Gives Us Purpose With Food
We don't often put the word purpose and food together in the same sentence. But having purpose with food can keep us from overeating or using food as an emotional tool to deal with life. When we give it purpose, it becomes what it is … fuel. It allows us to take away the emotional connection that is so often associated with binge eating, late night snacking, and general impulse control. If you have trouble in this area, meal (and snack!) prepping may be just what you need.
Makes Us Think Ahead
We're expected to think ahead in almost all areas of life. College, jobs, family life … think ahead and there's a higher chance of success, right? Why don't we treat food the same way? Meal prepping forces us to think ahead about what goes into our mouths. Is it really good for us? Does it have nutritional value? Is it well balanced? If your meals generally aren't as healthy as you would prefer, meal prepping can help you plan ahead, make good choices, and ultimately improve your diet for good.
A lot of people don't want to meal prep because it takes a lot of time. You have to cook or prepare a week's worth of meals in a day which can be time consuming. But in the long run, this approach actually saves time. You won't spend all day wondering what you're going to have for dinner. You won't spend hours every night preparing meals. You do everything at once -- one big shopping trip, one big meal prep, and then eat! If you're busy and constantly crunched for time, this aspect of meal prepping may be enough to give it a try.
Meal prepping can take some getting used to. You may have to change what you cook, learn new recipes, adjust your schedule, and get used to a slightly new approach to diet. But if you're willing to try it, it can really make a positive impact on your long-term health plan. Find some recipes, give it a try, and enjoy better health from here on out.
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