Can't Cook Won't Cook? Get Your Kitchen Skills in Shape!
Are you guilty of a ‘Can’t cook, won’t cook’ mindset? This is me just a few short years ago. All the excuses under the sun as to why cooking and healthy eating wouldn’t work for me.
“I don’t have time to cook healthy food.”
“My kids will never eat healthy food.”
“My partner won’t eat healthy food.”
“Who’s got time to cook 4 things a day?!”
“It’s just quicker, easier, and cheaper to eat out, get delivery, or eat packaged food.”
I get that fat-loss food preparation might seem overwhelming BUT….it’s actually really easy!
So if this is you, I want to blast away 3 key things that might be holding you back.
1. You don’t have time to cook healthy food.
If you have a good, well-thought out, family-oriented plan, it doesn’t need to be this way. You can cook 1 thing and you can adapt it for your kids, your partner, and for you as long as you’re thoughtful about what you’re going to prepare.
(This is something that I actually help my clients with. The plan that I give them in my program is chef-created, family-friendly, and super easy to adapt for every single person, so you’re not in the kitchen making 4 different things over and over.)
The other thing that’s important to master is food preparation.
Having a ritual or having a certain time of the week or time of the day, where you get everything done in one go really helps you stick with it and spend less time the kitchen and more time being a freakin’ superwoman.
You batch-cook,freeze and pre-prepare and you can literally save yourself hours once you can get the hang of this.
Yes, it’s a new skill and it’s tricky to learn at first—it took me a while to get the hang of food prep, but once I did, it changed my life! It can change yours too! You’ll never get stuck without something to eat, and you won’t be cooking dinner every night—you’ll cook maybe twice a week. And that, in my book, is a good thing!
The No-Time excuse only exists because you haven’t learnt how to make it easy yet. It’s all about organisation and having the tools at your disposal that you need to make this really quick. Myth BUSTED.
2. Your partner and kids are not going to like it.
Children have different nutritional needs to you, especially if you have a fat loss goal, so of course they need different things. BUT. You don’t need to be cooking lots of different stuff from scratch!
You can simply adapt a basic meal that is a fat-loss friendly meal and you can add different things for your kids or for your partner who’s not following your plan.
You also don’t have to have a repertoire of 30 different meals a la Jamie Oliver, you only need 5 different things to start with that you feel super confident making, that your family likes, and when you’ve got those, then just practice adding 1 or 2 occasionally until you’ve got a bit more variety.
Truth is you can make family favourites and eat for fat loss, you just need to relearn a few skills and you’ll be good to go!
3. It’s really expensive.
If we’re going to be buying organic food all the time, it can really add up. Bummer. On the other hand, if you have a meal plan that uses all your leftovers really efficiently, it’s much cheaper to feed a family real whole food, (especially if we’re talking vegetables,) that it is to eat out, or on the processed crappy stuff.
It’s definitely possible to feed a family well on a budget, but obviously some items are more of an investment - you can have a few staples that are organic, and then rest doesn’t have to be. I like to buy good quality meat where possible, without hormones and steroids and a few organic veggies but not always.
You can also hack your supermarket to get deals, savings and bulk buy and freeze to keep costs down.
I also think it helps to get some perspective here. How much are you spending right now on being UNHEALTHY? Wine, naughty treats, boozy nights out, snacks? What would happen if you took that money and invested it in foods that are supporting you and making you feel like the bomb?
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