Castle Personal Training is a Corstorphine, Edinburgh based company who specialise in weightloss/toning and Pre and Post Natal exercise.
I would like to share with you the biggest lie you’ve been told. You’ve been told this for the past 30+ years and it’s one a lot of you will have come to accept as the truth. The food industry started it and the fitness industry perpetuates it. It makes them insane amounts of money and it makes you fat, lazy and sick.
It is “You don’t have time to cook!”
You hear it everywhere in one form or another. Hell, the industries selling it to you are even named in such a way as to convince you of it.
“Fast-foods“, implying cooking for yourself is slow. We all know fast is better than slow, therefore fast-food is better than “slow”-food.
“Convenience-meals“. You probably didn’t even notice this name-change in your supermarket. Microwave-meals, deservedly, got a bad rep so they changed them. Well, not the meals themselves of course, they are still terrible. No, they changed the name to “convenience meals”, cleverly implying that doing your own cooking is inconvenient.
“Healthy options”, really?
“Ready meal“. Implying that someone else has already done all the cooking for you, the term “Ready meal” makes it sound like fantastic option. It’s better than dinner not being ready as not ready = effort. But are they using the same ingredients as you would? Are they cooking it in the same way? Simple answer is of course a resounding No.
“Pre-prepared“, see “Ready meal”. Who’s prepared it, what ingredients have they used and how have they cooked it?
See how clever they have been? Just by naming the products correctly they have you trained to believe cooking your own food is a chore. I’ll repeat that; COOKING YOUR OWN FOOD (!!) is a chore (??) Let that sink in for a minute. Really, take a minute and think about that statement.
The fitness industry is full of people trying to sell you meal replacement and weightloss shakes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Herbalife, Slimfast, Shakeology or whatever other nonsense you are being told is the best thing for you. They even lie and tell you it’s “all natural” when it’s a powder. And why do they do this? Because they make a fortune off these things. Companies like Beachbody make more money from Shakeology than they do from their exercise programs. Your Herbalife selling Personal Trainer tells you to have a “breakfast”-shake instead of boiling/scrambling/poaching a couple of eggs! Just how much trust can you place in people like this? I hope you realise that the answer is simple “None”
They even call it a “healthy meal”, 2 lies for the price of one.
Any coach or trainer who tells you to have a shake instead of taking 5 minutes to scramble some eggs is ripping you off.
Do you have a personal trainer that tells you to train with them 3 x a week and then sells you a shake because they are OK with you saying that “you don’t have time to cook”? And then they say that “Weightloss is 80% diet and 20% exercise”. Maybe it’s time for you to think about switching trainers.
There are now generations of people who have been conditioned to believe that cooking is not only too much effort but also not required and they therefore have no idea how to cook. One of the most common things I hear is “Yeah I’d love to cook but I don’t know how to” and I really struggle with this.
Side note; For all parents out there, I’ll be blunt; It is your responsibility as a parent to teach your kids how to cook. Don’t get me wrong, I think home economics should be taught in all schools but, ultimately, it is your job as a parent to prepare your kids for a long, healthy and productive life.
Learning how to cook a dish from scratch can take a while, and can be a process of trial and error, but here’s a truth for you “Cooking is a joy when your mental attitude towards it changes”.
Tell me this won’t taste better than store-bought.
Cooking can help you de-stress at the end of a long day, cooking can help you clear your mind and make you forget about the shitty day you had. And the beauty is that you’ll be less stressed because you’re eating better.
Here’s something most PTs won’t tell you. The health benefits of eating right far outweigh those of 3 hours of exercise each week. Maybe instead of spending all that money on a gym membership, personal training or meal replacement shakes you should spend it on some cooking classes?
Let me rephrase the lie;
“You have no time to take care of yourself, or your family, and control what you put in your body even though it’s the single most important thing you do each day”
Food is what fuels your body, it keeps you healthy and happy. It gives you energy and helps you looking good. The right food helps you feel good, keeps your digestive system, skin and hair healthy, prevents illness such as cancers, diabetes and heart problems. But the food-, and fitness-, industry tells you you don’t have time to take care of yourself properly.
I am not really going to try to convince you of the benefits of cooking, you already know them, you just have to stop believing the lie.
Take care of yourself, and cook your own damn food,