Why Is Meal Prepping Necessary?
Meal Prepping Is Necessary For Success!
People who meal prep are more likely to be successful in the five main areas of life:
Meal Prepping Is Necessary To Avoid Disease
Poor diets prematurely kill 678,000 people per year in the U.S. (That’s over 200,000 more than are killed by tobacco.)
Surviving a poor diet isn’t much prettier. Lack of proper nutrition can lead to a host of conditions and diseases including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Dental Cavities and Tooth Decay
- Osteomalacia (Rickets)
- Coronary Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
Living with these conditions or diseases significantly reduces your quality of life as they each come with their own set of complications and problems. Omega-3 deficiency has been shown to lead to depression while forgetfulness is caused by vitamin deficiencies. Those are mild compared to the hip fractures that can occur due to osteoporosis and the lower limb amputations caused by Type 2 Diabetes.
Meal Prepping Is Necessary For Happiness
Within your brain there is a network of proteins and hormones that control your emotions and moods. They include:
Healthy levels of these proteins and hormones promote mood regulation while high or low levels are harmful to your neurological pleasure centers. When dopamine and beta-endorphin levels remain at unhealthy levels for an extended period of time (due to poor diets) you can experience long-term changes that are linked with eating disorders.
Occasionally consuming small amounts of chocolate stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain and gives you a temporary boost in mood, but if you consume an abundance of chocolate on a regular basis you run the risk of altering the chemical makeup of your neuron receptors, inevitably inhibiting your happiness. An excess of sugar consumption causes a worse reaction than chocolate in your emotional chemical receptors. This is due to the “high” that is received when beta-endorphin is released into your brain after sugar is ingested.
Meal Prepping Is Necessary For Peace
Life is hectic and the demands and pressure that are constantly put on us by our jobs and ourselves can be damaging to our wellbeing. The art of meal prepping relieves those pressures by providing your body with nutrients that it needs without the added stress of needing to prepare those nutrients daily.
When you actively meal prep you must plan your meals before you prepare them, which brings a mindful aspect into what you’re putting into your body. You can base your diet around fresh, natural, and healthy food selections rather than processed garbage. Natural ingredients work with your body rather than against it to create a more balanced and refreshing dietary experience.
It allows time for:
- Working Out
- Spending Time with Loved Ones
- Forgotten Hobbies
- Extracurricular Interests
- Recharging Your Batteries
Now that you won’t be rushing from work to the grocery store, back home to cook, and out to the gym again, before slinking home and falling into bed you’ll have more time on your hands to re energize your soul with your passions.
Meal Prepping Is Necessary For Love
Cultivating meaningful relationships takes time, whether it’s a relationship with a family member, a partner, or a friend. You need to invest time and effort into fortifying those relationships. It is ironic that time and effort put into relationships is diminishing with longer work hours and more responsibilities in life seeing as how crucial an aspect they are to a healthy life.
Meal prepping brings people together. It’s a set amount of time that is set aside weekly for investing in your health, that can also be used to invest in your relationships. Inviting your loved ones into your meal prepping experience will encourage them live a healthier life as well, leading to a longer life. A longer life, means more time to be spent together making memories.
Meal Prepping Is Necessary For Productivity
Most people spend the majority of their days out of the house, often for work. Between hours clocked in, and hours spent commuting many people are away for 10+ hours per day. This means that many of the meals we’re eating are consumed on the go. This leaves plenty of opportunity for our bodies and minds to give into the temptation of processed foods, especially if we haven’t bothered to meal prep.
Without meal prep many workers are distracted by hunger, until their lunch break and then exhausted after lunch from their meals loaded with fats, carbohydrates and sugars. Their bodies spend too much time and energy on breaking down their poor diet choices. That is energy that could be used on being more productive at work.
People who meal prep:
- Have Meals and Snacks Prepared
- Do Not Have To Leave The Office For Lunch
- Are Less Tired
- Are More Productive
Since meal preppers are fully equipped to deal with their hunger pangs when they happen, wherever they happen, they have higher levels of productivity which in turn leads to promotions, raises, and a happier work/life balance.
If you’re new to meal prepping check out our article on Meal Prep 101 to learn the basics. There are definite benefits to meal prep that include:
- Saving Time
- Saving Money
- Practicing Portion Control
But those benefits are added bonuses to avoiding malnutrition, and cancer. Meal prepping isn’t just something you should do sometimes to save some time and stash away cash. It’s a lifestyle that is necessary to life a full and complete life.
Planning and prepping your meals ahead of time allows you to focus your energy on the nutritional value of your foods as well as maintaining a well balanced diet of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. When you wait until ‘day of’ to prepare your meals the chance of choosing quick and convenient foods over nutrient rich and sustainable foods more than doubles . Meal prepping eliminates this problem by ensuring that your meals for the week are planned, bought and prepared well in advance, so that on any given day you won’t have to cook anything, making the issue of convenience virtually obsolete.
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