In this article I’ll be discussing the general issues behind the meal prep hype and why I think it’s unnecessary and also addressing the problems I have with mail order meal prep companies.
Recently, on the rare occasions I’ve been watching TV I’ve noticed many adverts for these meal preparation companies such as Diet Chef or Jane Plan (among others) which as I’ve implied serve to make and prepare calorie restricted meals to help you with your diet. Sounds all well and good but the issue I have is that this is most definitely a short term solution to your goal. Having someone else prepare and ship out your food takes all the responsibility off of you and therefore you skip the learning process. Being literally spoon fed only ensures you don’t learn to have a good relationship with food, you don’t learn about macros and calorie counting and you’ll most likely rebound once you start having to cook for yourself again. I highly advise everyone to learn to cook for yourselves, take time to get to know your own body, learn about calories and macronutrients, ensure you get enough micronutrients and stop being so lazy.
Now moving on slightly to the topic of meal prep in general. Not a day goes by where I don’t see someone post some daft photograph of their weekly food prep all lined up nicely in Tupperware boxes, often alongside some cringe worthy hashtag or an attempt at a “motivational” quote, and honestly I look at the bland food and just think how bloody boring it looks. The most popular “meal” is obviously chicken, rice and broccoli, which is a perfectly fine meal (maybe with some added herbs and spices) but it’s very typical and overall boring AF. The whole idea of planning and preparing your meals week by week is preposterous in my opinion and is just an old marketing scheme hyped by the bodybuilding world that relates back to the whole eating 6 times a day or eating a small meal every 3 hours to keep the metabolism fired, which of course is just silly. So really if you don’t have a monetary obligation, aren’t a professional athlete or at the very least have a highly time demanding job then there’s really no point in doing this silly meal prep ritual.
The takeaway message I’m trying to get across is that people should learn how to cook for themselves, and they should be able to enjoy the foods they eat. Don’t be a sucker!