Written by R.Maskam
Homemade cheat meals are a better choice than eating in a restaurant. Yes, cheat meals are needed after a week of intense training and maintaining a healthy diet. When you are on a long period of sudden lowered calorie intake, your body will think you are in a survivor mode. When that happens your metabolism decreases, which results in burning less energy and not losing any weight. By planning a cheat meal, you “fool” your body that everything is fine so you can start losing weight. Since you are in Delft fast food is fairly easy to find, but here are few reasons you should preparing your own cheat meals at home even as a south American
Almost all the ingredients for any dish is available at a grocery store, market or supermarket. Maybe sushi is out of the question, but tacos or wraps? Can be found in Albert Heijn or LIDL. The great thing about tacos or wraps is that you can go wild with fillings. Experiment with chicken, beef, corn and just add different kind of dressings to your wrap or taco. Not someone with cooking abilities? Then start learning or you can also find half or fully prepared chicken in the grocery stores.
Your meal will already cost less than going at a restaurant. A normal meal around Delft is about 10 euros. With about 20 euros you can by ingredients and can last about two or maybe 3 days. Another great thing about stores like Albert Heijn, LIDL and Jumbo is that they have weekly sales on various items and do not forget to take a look at Haagse market on Saturdays in The Hague. While some fast food may be cheaper than your home made dish, you will definitely miss the essential nutrients needed for your body.
You turn into a fine chef with cost and material management skills. Your first time in the kitchen might not be successful, but someone else might notice your craft improving along the way. By then you are successfully managing your materials throughout your week and already planning and comparing what to buy in the supermarket. At one point you have a sudden realization why your parents are so hyped when shopping for food. You might think you do not have enough time to prepare your meals, but as study longer in delft you will automatically learn to manage every aspect of your life.
Preparing your cheat meal at home is much more beneficial than going to a restaurant. With significant lower cost and healthier meals there is no excuse to not cook at home. Not to mention you develop a habit of being aware on what groceries you buy and when you buy them. Since you are in the Netherlands try the dishes from other cultures and experiment with your own cultural dishes. Occasionally you might want to go a restaurant in case your schedule is full or just for a special occasion. And if you really are bad at cooking then just ask a friend to help out…and keep a fire extinguisher at arms length.