Some people might talk about how they don’t have enough time to meal prep or that cooking so much food at once is inefficient. But for those busy bodies, meal prep can actually save much more time in the long run. I agree that buying all the food and figuring out the best time to cook can be complicated for some. But when you can just wake up in the morning with breakfast already made and come home after work to a home-cooked meal that just needs reheating, meal prep sounds like a pretty good option.
The success of this lies in time management and determination. Whether you work a 9-5 or a graveyard shift, it’s up to you to figure out the best time to cook batches of food. If it’s just not possible to cook a whole week’s worth of food, consider just making dinners or lunches to set aside, so that in a rush, you at least have something to save time on.
You also have to be determined to stick with meal prep – sometimes it can seem like an easy thing to sacrifice when life gets a little overwhelming, but sticking with it can benefit you in the long-run. You might form a habit or routine that helps transition your schedule, or you might realize you hate cooking or ordering in every day. Meal prep is different for everyone, but the benefits are there if you pay attention.
For people who enjoy being busy and can’t stand having a minute of free time, meal prep can be taken to a whole other level. The extensive shopping trips and strategic cooking sessions and recipe searches can add a new element to your routine, while still being productive, just the way you like.
Despite feeling like you never have a break or that there’s not enough time in the day for meal prep, it can really be an effective alternative to your current cooking and eating situation. Some simple and careful planning and will to keep it up is all you need to allow meal prep to make your life a little bit easier and a lot less stressful.