If you’ve been around Instagram at any point since the spawn of instalife, you will have at some point (or like me, various) come across the hashtag foodprep. It’s pictures of heaps of boxes with some bits of food in them; sometimes appetising, sometimes not. A bit like this one:
I mean, pics or it didn’t happen, right?
People foodprep for various reasons; bulk cooking to save on cost or time, to make sure your meals meet your weightloss/gain goals…
For me, it’s the weightloss bit. It’s not news to anyone that I could do with losing a pound or ten, and it’s about time I took control of that. Not because I want to “look sexy” or think that being big is inately terrrible, but because I want to. So before you go all “but you should learn to love yourself as you are”, I do, but my health is a priority just now.
So I signed up to a service called Eat This Much and set up weekly foodplans that hit the calories and macros required for losing weight in a fairly healthy way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this can be improved upon a lot, but babysteps, you know?
The only thing with Eat This Much is that there aren’t that many recipes in the database that were quick, easy and that both myself and my husband would enjoy. So I scour the web to find the most delicious-sounding recipes. I put in the ingredients and it churns out the calories. I actually double-count as I plan the meals in ETM and then track them fully on MyFitnessPal.
In order to lose 1lb per week, I need to hit 1950 kcal a day which is a fair few, but it makes starting this a heck of a lot easier. You see, losing weight shouldn’t mean that you’re sitting there, constantly starving. In fact, it’s the worst way to do it as you’ll lapse back to your old ways and ruin all the good work you’ve done. I believe in doing things gradually. Slowly but surely reducing your calories consumed in a day whilst bringing more exercise into your day will work in the long run. Heck, you don’t even need the exercise – abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, but getting your body moving helps burn tad more calories, and whilst you’re hitting the weights, you’re not stuffing your face, so always a bonus!
This all lead to me spending three hours in my kitchen, slaving over the stove to produce 34 meals; lunch and dinner for the husband and I and breakfast for myself. And the time spent is so worth it. All I have to do now is chuck the box in the microwave before eating and we’re all ready to go.
Here it begins. Wish me luck!