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Some time ago, I was a person who spent 4-6 hours in the kitchen on a Sunday prepping her meals. Almost every Sunday, like clockwork, I’d get into the kitchen, buckle down, and make all my meals. I hated every second.
Back then, I was really obsessed with food & dieting, and was convinced that if I didn’t have every. single. piece. of food that I put into my mouth prepped, calculated, and measured, I would somehow go off the deep end, and literally gain fifty pounds overnight.
Far into that journey, I realized that I didn’t actually like what I was eating. I wasn’t in the mood for turkey patties with steamed asparagus, but it was what I “had to eat”, because it fit into my day. So I ate it anyway, and then craved more stuff later.
I hated baked tilapia with lemon pepper sauce with steamed broccoli, but I ate it anyway, even after the 6-7 days it spent in the kitchen, which I’m sure you can imagine tasted awesome.
It wasn’t until I found myself bingeing several times per week that I came to the realization that the energy I was putting into my meal prep was NOT worth it. Although my intentions were good (and also really obsessive), it didn’t do what it was supposed to do: keep me feeling good and getting me to my goal.
I also didn’t have the knowledge of nutrition that I do now, or the knowledge of cooking, which has been streamlined exponentially since when I first started.
I did still love having an idea of what I was going to eat during the week and doing some sort of semi-prep, but one that didn’t take up as much energy or time, and one that would allow for some breathing room and flexibility.
Once I began to batch cook, everything changed, and it’s so convenient that I’m compelled to share three reasons why it beats meal prep, always.
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