If you’ve been anywhere but under a rock for the last 10 years you know that for most people, maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves some level of daily cooking or bulk food prep. Eating out all the time just doesn’t cut it. But what if you’re one of those humans that either doesn’t know how to cook or hates to cook. What then?
Sorry buckaroo, you need to grow up and take a little bit of responsibility for yourself. When I was 12, I didn’t know how to do laundry and I still don’t LIKE doing laundry, but I taught myself and I’m very self-sufficient now. I still make a few mistakes along the way (Hey there pink socks! Oh, hiiiiieee sweater that’s now 2 sizes too small!) and I’m still not the foremost expert on stain removal (but I do know it always goes best when you spritz the stain asap and make sure it’s out before pushing into the hot dryer portion of the laundry cycle). What’s my point? The point is that you can’t have it both ways. You can’t refuse to learn how to cook/refuse to cook because you hate it AND complain about any issues related to body composition. Get it? I can’t complain that I don’t know how to do laundry/hate doing laundry and complain that I hate wearing dirty shirts. Let’s drill down further:
In order to wear a clean shirt, I have a few options:
Hope to never get my shirt dirty (good luck!)
Throw away each dirty shirt and buy a new one (expensive)
Take dirty shirts to the TIDE cleaners (silly)
Bring laundry home and have mom wash it (pathetic)
Buy basic shirts that are easy to launder and come out of the dryer not requiring further care i.e. ironing. Read up on the internet for tips and tricks for successfully navigating laundry. The title of the article might be: Quick and Easy Laundry Tips (that sounds like it might make sense, eh?)
Hellllllooooooo. You have the same options and opportunities with meal prep.
Continue to avoid cooking and hope for the best
Dine out the all the time
Pay someone else to prep your meals
Have mom cook for you
Start with basic staples that are easy to prepare. Read up on the internet or better yet PAY ATTENTION while other people are cooking for you. Ask questions. Learn something each time you watch. HELP them with basic maneuvers such as chopping and slicing. Watch a show on Food Network instead of an episode of the Kardashians. Figure it out!
Following are 6 easy tips to get you started:
Invest in some good tools including high quality knives (you can even start with just a chef’s knife), several cutting boards, pans (start with a skillet, sauce pot and stock pot), a grill (either outdoor gas or an indoor countertop style such as the George Foreman grill), a crock pot, instant pot or better yet…BOTH and containers that are easy to stack and store.
Figure out how to prepare protein. You should be able to grill, sauté and crockpot any protein easily. Don’t know how? Watch Food Network. Google. Afraid of raw meat? Get a meat thermometer and use it until you’re more confident.
Cooking is relatively easy, baking is hard. Baking is science and requires exact measuring. Master cooking first.
Start paying attention when you eat. Are there flavors that are very enticing to you? If you’re a fan of olives, sun-dried tomatoes and feta it sounds like Greek flavors might be your jam. Jalapeños and cilantro? Mexican for sure. Basil, garlic and parsley? Head in the Italian direction.
Food generally tastes bad when it isn’t seasoned. A beautifully grilled and expensive cut of steak will be a dud if it’s not seasoned. Start with salt and pepper. Branch out from there. As an aspiring chef, do not buy seasonings in bulk at Sam’s or Costco. Seasonings are best when they’re fresh. Buy small portions.
Following a recipe is more complicated than simply preparing a protein, vegetable, healthy fat and starch. Master the individual items before moving on to recipes with many moving parts.
I’m going to attach some helpful links below. You’re welcome!
Take responsibility for this aspect of your health and wellness and watch your success explode.
Until next time,
Kitchen Knives: http://www.wusthof.com/
Instant Pot Ultra: https://instantpot.com/portfolio-item/ultra/
Seasonings: https://www.tacticalories.com/ (contact Tacticalories directly for a first responder discount code)