[Podcast] Ep112: Taking Meal Prep to the Next Level (The Return of Prep Dish)

Let’s face it: When you routinely work 16 hours a day in front of a computer, one of the greatest challenges is maintaining a healthy diet. On Monday morning you resolve to do better this week, but as the deadlines pile on and the time begins to disappear, your willpower quickly erodes and you’ll grab whatever you can quickly to keep moving. If you’re lucky it’s Chinese or Thai provided by your office assistant, and if you’re not so lucky, it’s a bowl of cereal and Oreo’s (I’ve been there myself…I’m not judging). And if you truly want to eat healthy either at the office cafeteria or by ordering out yourself, it’s going to cost you a second mortgage.

But what if you could start creating a workflow for your daily meals no different than your creative workflows? In this episode I chat with returning guest Allison Schaaf, the creator of Prep Dish. In episode 66 Allison and I talked about the basic fundamentals of bulk meal preparation, and in this episode we do an even deeper dive into how you can really optimize your process for creating a week’s worth of food in just a few hours every weekend.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • How Allison came to create Prep Dish
  • Batching your cooking to save time and maximize efficiency
  • Taking away the intimidation factor of cooking as a beginner
  • Wading through the crowded marketplace of cooking services
  • Allison’s tips for developing a cooking workflow
  • How switching from plastic to glass food storage can make your food taste better
  • Where to start if you’ve never cooked before
  • Viewing cooking as meditative instead of a chore
  • Using recipes to develop your ability to improvise with your food
  • How to get your kids to eat healthier
  • Allison’s journey from personal chef to online entrepreneur
  • Defeating the overwhelming task of starting an online business

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Guest Bio:

Chef Allison Schaaf, MS, RD, LD (Twitter: @prepdish) is a food, nutrition & culinary expert and founder of Prep Dish, a subscription-based gluten-free and paleo meal plan service. Allison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, a Masters in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, and became a Registered Dietitian at New England Medical Center. When she isn’t cooking, Allison fully embraces life as an Austinite. She is an avid yogi and enjoys hiking, standup paddle boarding and regular walks around Lady Bird Lake. Allison is also an avid traveler and draws culinary inspiration from each trip; recent adventures include Africa, Japan and South America, Spain and frequent trips to Colorado, California and her home state of Kansas

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

I am the founder of Fitness In Post and the chief editor of this site as well as the host of the podcast. My mission is to help you sit less, focus more, and survive the brutal stress of a sedentary lifestyle in front of a workstation.I am not an expert in fitness or nutrition. I have been a film & tv editor for 15 years (Empire, Burn Notice, Glee). I have lived in the trenches, and I have experienced firsthand the consequences of living a sedentary lifestyle in the dark. After a decade of experimentation I have found lasting solutions to staying healthy while still thriving in my career. And that's why I built Fitness In Post for all of us.It's time to take back your health and start investing in yourself.