After coming home from a long day at work, the last thing we want to do is stress about what to eat for dinner. While we know it would be healthier and probably cheaper to cook something at home, the convenience of simply ordering takeaway is often too hard to resist.
But why does this happen? People are turned off home cooking simply because they are overwhelmed with the amount of food choices they have. The decision detox HelloFresh have created aims to help people reduce the number of food decisions they are required to make over the course of the average day.
The desire to resort to takeaway food is all too easy to succumb to. We pick it up on our way home from work without having to do anything and then once we are finished there are no dishes to clean and no kitchen utensils to tidy up.
However, many of the takeaway options available have high amounts of salts and fats that end up having a negative effect on our health. What’s worse, many of the takeaway foods we regard as relatively healthy have a lot of hidden sugars in them that make us crave even more.
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can beat the takeout temptation and find the motivation to cook your dinner at home.
Try a meal kit service
Meal kit services are a great way to reduce your desire to order takeaway whilst still reducing the amount of work you need to put into your dinner preparation and cooking. Meal kit services provide an excellent range of healthy options that require little to no effort to prepare. You get to enjoy all the fun and health benefits of home cooking without all of the boring grocery shopping and ingredient portioning.
One of the biggest reasons why people don’t cook at home as often is the fact that it takes too much physical and mental effort to cook something healthy. A meal kit service allows you to simplify the food decisions in your life so that you can rest assured you are eating responsibly each and every night.
Get into a routine
Following a routine is a great way to control your energy levels, maintain motivation and reduce the number of decisions that you need to make on a daily basis. A routine helps to get your day off to a good start and immediately gets you going without having to waste any time or brain power on simple decisions early in the morning. By having a routine, you know exactly what you are doing for the majority of your day and don’t need to think about things that aren’t going to directly help you to achieve your goals.
As part of your routine you should also be trying to plan ahead wherever you can. This means planning for the next day’s work at the end of the day so that you can hit the next day without wasting a second. Planning to complete tasks ahead of time will help to maximise your productivity and maintain your motivation as you don’t get bogged down on tasks you could have taken care of prior.
It is easy to forget about or brush aside exercise in our busy work days but this can ultimately leave us being less productive, less motivated and more tired. Exercise is a really important part of a healthy lifestyle and neglecting it in favour of work can have unforeseen negative impacts.
Despite believing that spending an extra hour at our desks will result in more work being done, this often isn’t the case. Exercising allows you to release some of the negative emotions and energy that has built up throughout the day or week. It also releases endorphins which are a chemical that makes you feel good. Exercise is a great way to break up your routine and will keep you motivated for longer while at work.
Through good planning and choice management you are able to improve your productivity and reduce the constant desire to order takeaway at the end of a long day at work. You’ll be living a healthier lifestyle and saving money while you’re at it – and you can cook equally delicious meals for you and your family.
If that wasn’t enough, you are likely to have an improved mood and outlook on life as a result of your positive lifestyle changes. After a while, home cooked dinners will become the norm in your household, rather than being saved for special occasions.
Ultimately the choice to refuse takeaway rests with your willpower, and while it may be weak at the moment, the above advice can help you strengthen it over time. Eventually, cooking at home will become a no-brainer to you and you’ll start enjoying the benefits with little to no added effort.