I’m sure many med students find themselves in a similar predicament during their clinical years. The struggle of finding time to prepare home cooked food, versus constantly eating out, or worse, eating hospital food. Also, just the expense from eating out the majority of the week is a killer.
Recently, I had to really stop myself and make a serious plan on how to avoid this in the future. I needed to take time out of my already busy week to go to the grocery store, so I didn’t constantly end up in the same situation where I’m going home to an empty fridge. This usually leads me to some type of take-out, which has become all around unhealthy. I find the best time to head to the grocery is on a Saturday or Sunday morning when it’s not very crowded. Also, if forces me to wake up a little earlier, so I can get a little more done, or gives me more time to procrastinate, whichever comes first. I buy at least two meals to cook during the week, so if those last me two days a piece, I can at least have home cooked food for 4-5 days depending. This is not only way more cost efficient, but also much healthier. One key to this is to make sure you get foods you’re actually excited to cook and enjoy eating on multiple days. Don’t let food sit in the fridge. Try to take it to work or school. Believe me, it’ll be worth it in the end.