Why Do People Like Meal Planning?

Why Do People Like Meal Planning?

February 27, 2020 100 By William Morgan


– [Chyna] And I’m loving
it, I love meal planning. – [Craig] You love meal planning? – I love it, I love it so much. – [Craig] Why? – Because, like… (upbeat music) – We’ve talked about
this many times before. I feel like it’s one of those things, you’re like, “Oh I
should start working out, I should start eating better, I should start meal planning.” – [Both] I should start working out I should start eating better, I should start meal planning. – Yeah, like that. – Historically, we have put off deciding what we’re gonna have for dinner until we’re hungry for dinner. You’ve been working, I’ve
been taking care of the kid and then we’ll just order
out or go out to eat. We just need to plan more, is the thing. Great.
– Great. – Let’s do it.
– Let’s do it. – Yeah.
– Yeah. (upbeat music) – [Craig] I narrowed it
down to five benefits we thought we would
get from meal planning. One, less stress. Sounds nice to not have to think about what the food’s gonna be. Must be getting old. – It’s amazing how having a kid will make you crave stability and routine. – And tied to reducing stress
is number two, saving time. – We do end up going to the
grocery store almost every day. My ultimate goal is to
not have to sacrifice my free time during Ada’s
naps and I don’t want to have to spend that hour and
a half chopping vegetables. – Wouldn’t it be beautiful? This challenge is mainly for you. But you having more free
time is nice for me too. – Yeah. – Three, saving money. You can buy in bulk which saves money. You can buy things when they’re on sale ahead of time and if it’s something like meat you can freeze it. Not going out to eat all
the time will probably save you money depending
on where you eat and drink and what you eat and drink. Four, less waste. – We’ll go to the grocery
store and, I’m gonna grab some broccoli and
some brussels sprouts, ’cause later in the week I’ll
cook that with something. But then later in the week
comes and the things that we want to make don’t
involve those ingredients and they end up going bad and
we end up throwing them away. – Plus when you don’t have the problem of if you go to Subway and
they wrap your sandwich in the thing and they
put it in a bag and then they put eight napkins
in there, and straws, and throw away the little
box that the meat was in, and the gloves that they were wearing to prepare your sandwich and I’m gonna want a bag of chips and a bag with a cookie in it. And five, less not good meals. Of course, eating at home you’re in control of
the food you’re eating so you can make it healthier. – I get bored much easier than you do. You are fine eating the
same stuff all the time. I would love to have 30
recipes to pick from each week. – I like that idea. – I like it too, I’m very smart. – You’re very smart. – There are some obstacles along the way. – I’m a little nervous. You’re going out of town
for a week this month. Solo parenting and prepping all the meals, that’ll be kinda the true test. – Alright, let’s get
to it, let’s meal plan, in a day or two. – Yeah. – [Craig] So is the plan a
different recipe every night? – We will repeat recipes but week to week. – [Chyna] Chipotle tahini. – [Craig] Tahini. – [Chyna] So what do you think you’re hungry for in three days? – Sandwich. – No. – Oh, feeling a soup. – Tuesday soup. – Soup-y Tuesday. ♪ Goodbye soup-y Tuesday. ♪ That’s what we’ll say on Wednesday. – We have Tacos, Taco Tuesday? – Actually, yes. – [Chyna] We’ve never made this before, but we’re about to but how about I use some chicken that
we have in the freezer? It’s here. – We just don’t use it
because we never plan ahead. But now, we can use the
things we have, beautiful. – Use the things we have. – Use the things we have. – Use the things we have. – Doopy doopy doo. – Neerpy neerpy nuu. – And scene. – And we’ve had this jar of tahini in our fridge for a little while. It’s not that old. – [Chyna] Right to the recipe in my meal planning list, boom. At the grocery store, there
were things that I would have just impulse bought
before, but I didn’t because I knew what we were
having for dinner every night. – This did save us money today. And Ada’s eating the pulp. – Eat the sweet lemon pulp. Dada’s gonna eat some pulp. – You want me to eat some? – [Ada] Oopsie. – [Chyna] Oopsie whompsie. – [Ada] Oopsie. – I’m C and D and now please allow me to dinner-ject with a brief message. Lettuce thank today’s spons-sear Blinkist. – While concurrently figuring out the number of food puns that
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it to make a loud sound? – [Ada] Yeah.
– Okay. (blender whirring) (tapping) – It’s spicy but it’s good. – Is this what you call Kim Waah? – [Craig] Kim Waah? – Meal planning’s the best. – It’s delicious. It is. – [Craig] But you said it
like it was a commercial. – I was playing my character. – [Craig] Oh, mom, say it’s terrible. – I’m not gonna say that. – [Craig] Taco Tuesday. Look at that. – [Ada] Look at that. – [Craig] Look at that. – [Ada] Look at that. – [Craig] Can you say Taco Tuesday? – [Ada] No, no. – [Craig] Okay, yeah. – Meal planning is the best. – [Craig] Lentil soup. How was the cooking experience? – [Chyna] It was fine, it’s
not super involved or anything but it is a pretty decent
amount of chopping and stuff and I kinda wish that
I had done some of that while she was asleep. – [Chyna] Last night we
were supposed to make salmon and broccoli. – [Craig] Yeah. – And we didn’t. We also had a lot of leftovers
from earlier in the week so we just ate those instead. – [Craig] What’re we having now? Are we having plastic dough rolls? – [Chyna] Yup, pizza night. Homemade pizza dough. I reread the recipe just a second ago. It has to sit for another hour or two. – [Craig] But we’re having
pizza anyway, homemade. – We’re cooking them at home. – [Craig] Ada’s making
her own pizza crust. Homemade peanut butter. Something we were inspired to
do after our zero waste video. – [Chyna] Quinoa bowls,
roasted sweet potato, roasted broccoli, kale that was left over and a spicy peanut sauce. ♪ Jowline ♪ Lovin’ it, I love meal planning. – [Craig] You love meal planning? – I love it, I love it so much. Because I know what
we’re going to be having I can do little things
earlier in the week. Even if that little thing is
just going to the grocery store and having all the
ingredients already here. – [Craig] I don’t really
want to eat cat, though. – Okay, you don’t have to eat that day. Probably more than any other
challenge that we’ve done, I think that this one might have the most lasting impact for me. I wanna divorce you and
marry meal planning. The heart wants what it wants. – [Craig] Attempting
again, homemade pizza. – Cautiously optimistic
that we will actually get to eat dinner tonight. – [Craig] What do you call this pizza? – Ready to eat-za. It’s really good. – Then another week of
great meals happened and it was going really well. And then… – Craig just left on his
work trip to New York and I was hoping to really have it together by this week so that my life is less stressful while I’m solo parenting. But actually, while Craig is out of town, update renovation remodel of
his office space and bathroom. So tonight for dinner my
mother-in-law blessedly made some soup and brought it over, so that I could do all of this. Okay so my meal plan, we had pizza, or rather, I had pizza, nobody else was here. This room, it was kind of a yellow before. This closet, I painted it black, I think it looks awesome. Saved this bookcase. Fixed the top and I painted it black. Craig’s bathroom is painted. New light fixtures. And I’m just getting
really excited for him to come home and see his new office. Day 19, 20? And we had dinner, Chain restaurant. But we all ate broccoli
so it’s okay, right? I am almost done with Craig’s office. Got a new desk, plants. Got these cabinets built. This thing over the toilet. – What? What? Wow, the bathroom looks different. And, oh my God. This whole place is,
this is like a home show. New desk? Holy crap. Shelf. Closet. There’s so much. Will be presented to WheezyWaiter
for passing one million. Although that one will probably be bigger, so, we’ll have to put it somewhere else. – [Chyna] Oh. – So now it’s been several,
we’re like, it’s been several. – It’s been a little. – A couple weeks since the end
of the meal planning month. – Yes. – First of all, this office is amazing. You’re an amazing wife for putting this whole thing together. It’s beautiful. You have a great design sense. I love you. – Is that it? – But the meal planning
stopped after a couple weeks. – Yeah, I had a lot going on. – Here’s the thing, I boiled it down to why I
think planning stuff is hard. One, you actually have
to sit down and do it. – Yeah that’s a problem. – Not planning causes
stress in your life ’cause you have to worry about
doing things in the moment. But planning is also stressful. It’s just taking all that
stress and putting it at one time and writing it down. – Makes it seem like a real big task. – Yes. – In my mind. Number two, for me it feels
like it eliminates freedom. There’s time allocated for everything and you know exactly what to expect
and not being spontaneous. – You know someone texts and “Hey we’re gonna be in town,
do you wanna go get dinner?” Well, I have a pot
roast that’s thawed out, that I gotta cook sometime. – There’s probably a balance
you can find, though, you can probably.
– I’m sure. – Plan for free days to do whatever but it does eliminate a little
bit of that spontaneity. – Spontaneity. – Spontaneity. Three, you actually have
to follow through with it and if you don’t you feel miserable. – Yeah, that’s the
thing that I don’t like. – And fourth’s kinda tied with that. (coughing) – That wasn’t very, that wasn’t planned. I did not plan for you to cough right now. – I was being spontaneous. – That’s, see that’s the problem. – Yeah. – And four, life happens. Put together the office
and then you felt bad about not doing the planning, probably. – I did a little bit. – For if there was no plan,
you wouldn’t have felt bad. – Right, I might have, yeah, no yeah. (chuckling) – So, meal planning, just kidding. But… – But, day eight. Let me show you, lemme show you. – Loving it, I love meal planning. – [Craig] You love meal planning? – I love it, I love it so much. Probably more than any other
challenge that we’ve done, I think that this one might have the most lasting impact for me. – [Chyna] I wanna divorce you. Yeah. – Do you think it will? – I think it probably will
if I can do it long enough so that that is the new habit. I planned out the rest
of this week’s meals. – That’s true but what
do you like about it? Why did you like it so much? – Knowing exactly what I’m gonna make, having all the things here in the fridge, is very nice because then there’s not that barrier to
being able to make dinner. I want to make bla-di-bla but
I need an onion, a banana, – But is…
– for my onion banana soup. – We need to work on what we’re planning. So is the suckery of sitting down and having to do the plan worth all of that? – Yeah, probably. – So, final verdict on meal planning? – Two gigantic thumbs up. – And will we keep doing it? – I want to. – So I think we should have a
plan and try to do it often. But when we don’t do it no big deal. – I like that, I do really love it. And I do remember the first two weeks, a stark difference in the way that I felt going in to the second half of each day. – Well, let’s plan more then. – I’ll plan to plan. – Let’s set up a meeting to figure out the meeting we should set up
to have a meeting to plan. – Okay. – Meals. – I’ll have my people
plan to call your people. – I have them call my people’s people. – They’ll schedule a time. – Yeah. – To have your people call my people, – In the meantime, we will watch TV. – I love it. And order pizza. – Yeah, that’s about it I guess. – I guess so. – Thanks for watching the video. – Hey, thanks for watching. – I already shot the
other end screen part. Let’s cut to that. – Click on this. – No, no, I already shot that. – Click on this one.
– No, no wait. – And this too. – We’re gonna cut to just me
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