My Dream, Why it’s Hard to Lose Weight and why Meal Prep Sucks, Not Necessarily in that Order
Last night for dinner the kids had pizza, while I had scrambled eggs for the 2nd time that day. Now, you all know how much I love pizza! Let’s just say I love pizza almost, I repeat, almost as much as the NRA loves guns (relax, I’m kidding). It took every ounce of will power that I had not to eat even the crust of the pizza, which was helped partly by the fact that it was Dominoes and I don’t care much for it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat it in a pinch, but it’s never my first choice. If it was Giovanni’s (a local pizza chain where I live), I can’t say that I could have resisted.
This is why weight loss is hard. Unless you’re a real weirdo, pizza just flat out tastes better than scrambled eggs. No one gets cravings for scrambled eggs. No one goes to bed dreaming about the next time they have salmon. No one has turkey burger parties! You don’t order salads for the big game! It’s pizza, baby!
Weight loss is also hard because in our country, we are overwhelmed with food and I would estimate that 90% of it is pure crap. Think of how many fast food restaurants there are just in small, rural areas, let alone if you go to a metropolitan area. Think about going to the grocery store and seeing rows and aisles full of frozen pizzas, Twinkies, snack cakes, cereals, breads, bagels, greasy foods, fried foods, onion rings, cookies, ice creams, the list never ends. Yes, they all taste great but they are loaded with added sugars or bad carbs or have 1200 calories. I wonder if that’s why the belts at Wal-Mart are near the food aisle?
There’s a reason those foods taste better. Processed foods have been scientifically engineered so that your taste buds respond to them. They are intentionally made to be addicting so that you’ll keep coming back and spending money. It’s working.
In another words, it’s not your fault. Stop blaming yourself. A lot of people stand to make a lot of money if the populace is overweight. I’ll save that rant for another time.
So, when you want to lose weight, you have to make a very conscious effort to cut back on those types of food. You have to make good choices almost every time you go grocery shopping or sit down to a meal at a restaurant. You have to eat lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. Virtually every person who has ever lost weight has eaten the exact same foods. It’s not a secret.
The environment we are surrounded by plays a big role in our behavior. For example, you wouldn’t take a former alcoholic to a bar night after night and expect them not to turn back into an alcoholic. No, you would keep them as far away from booze as you possibly could.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t work with food because we have to eat and the reality is that our environment is made up of fast food restaurants and chocolate pretzel pizza flavored Twinkie sprinkle cakes, and they aren’t going away any time soon. So, the onus is on us to make better choices. That’s why losing weight is so hard.
So, whenever people do make healthy choices, what do they have to do?
Answer: meal prep.
What does that mean? It just means they prepare their meals on one day of the week for the rest of the week.
For instance, on Sunday I’ll prepare a bunch of grilled chicken, turkey burgers, and rice to eat literally every day of the work week. So, Monday thru Friday, I’m eating the exact same meal for breakfast and lunch, and most of the time dinner as well.
This means that every stinking week, I’m eating at least 14 meals that have been cooked, refrigerated, and then re-heated. At least 14 meals out of a microwave, every week. It doesn’t get more bland than that, I promise.
Last night, as I previously mentioned, I had scrambled eggs. This time they were fresh scrambled eggs, hot off the pan! Fresh scrambled eggs taste 10x better than re-heated scrambled eggs. Fresh grilled chicken tastes 10x better than re-heated grilled chicken. Freshly prepared food always tastes better than re-heated food. (Papa John’s tastes pretty similar re-heated. Dammit, pizza again!)
They say that the best business to start is the one that solves your own problem.
My dream since I started my weight loss journey in 2010 (and again in 2016) has been to open a healthier fast food restaurant. Not one of these goofy places that serves up “quinoa bowls” or “kale wraps” or “soup” or some other hipster type bullshit. And NO SMOOTHIES! Smoothies, as served up by most restaurants, are NOT healthy. They typically have as much sugar as pop. Just no.
So, what would my healthy fast food place serve?
Lean proteins, vegetables, healthy carbs, fruit, protein shakes, and maybe protein bars. You know, stuff that people who lose weight eat. Grilled chicken, lean turkey, lean beef, vegetables, baked and sweet potatoes, apples, grapes, bananas, oranges.
Think Paleo without the douche-ness.
Would that work? Who knows? Would you eat there? Probably not. I would. I’d have at least one customer then.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the finances or the culinary know-how to pull off said venture and my sales skills aren’t as such that I’m good at talking people into joining me on such a venture. That’s why it is, and probably always will remain, my dream.
Perhaps someone will read this and steal the idea from me and open it up for themselves and get super rich. I don’t even care, as long as I can eat there.
Anything to make losing weight and meal prep taste better.
If you made it to the end of my rant, bless your heart! You da real MVP.
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