The Power of Meal Prep

Monday Mail #10

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a good socially distanced Fourth of July.

For the fourth, my parents were able to drive up and visit me and Amy and we celebrated by eating some mouth-watering Korean BBQ.

Which brings me to this week's topic...

The Power of Meal Prep

Since moving to my own apartment, I've made it a point to cook most of my meals. When I lived by myself back in college, there was always the safety net of a McDonalds or whatever dining hall was open to keep me fed. But, this path always led me to become broke before I knew it. (Aside: last summer I had 6 dollars in my bank account for a week, and I subsisted off of the cheapest item on the In-N-Out menu. Those were dark times.)

For the first week, I cooked every single meal and it took around 30 minutes tp 1.5 hours from prep to eating. While it was fun, I knew it unsustainable in the long-run if I wanted this habit to stick.

That's when I turned to meal prep ... and I haven't looked back since.

Here's why I think everyone should do it:

  1. It saves time: There's a very common saying in the startup world which goes: Build once, sell twice. We should build a product once and be able to sell it multiple times. Well, with cooking, we can apply the same principle. Instead of cooking for one meal, we can scale cooking by meal prepping. Cook once, eat twice (or more).

  2. It helps you track macros: Whether you want to gain weight or lose weight, keeping track of your daily caloric intake is crucial to implementing change. But measuring each potato and kale leaf you consume becomes extremely tedious when you need to do it for every meal. By meal prepping, you are able to figure out the exact macros once, portion control it, and simply add up the caloric count each time you eat. Makes tracking macros SUPER easy.

  3. It saves money: Perhaps my favorite part of meal prepping. When I meal prep, I'm able to plan out the meals I want to make for the week in advance. (Usually 2-3 different dishes). Then, when I go grocery shopping, I know exactly what I need without arbitrarily picking up items that I think I can use. Not to mention, meal prepping makes cooking a lot easier so I'm less inclined to eat out.

That's cool and all, Andy, but where's the photos?

Here they are:

Salmon, Asparagus, Sweet Potato Fries

Pineapple Fried Rice w/ Choy Sum, Mushrooms and Chicken

That's it for this weeks idea. I hope I provided some food for thought (pun intended) the next time you think about cooking.

I would love to see some of your pictures if you do choose to meal prep.

Onto the highlights:

😊My Highlights:

Gritty & Curious Re-brand: Gritty & Curious got a brand new spanking look and it's beautiful but don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

Gritty & Curious Podcast: In this week's podcast episode, Austin interviewed Mike Martocci, CEO & Founder of SwapUp -- a company focused on providing quality swag to other companies. In 36 months, he was able to bootstrap his business from his mom's garage to 1300 customers, 65 employees, and 8 figures in sales. Crazy right? If you want to know more, check out the podcast and it's accompanying notes in the attached link.

📖 Reading Highlights:

Has Warren Buffett Lost His Touch?: If anyone were to ask you who the best investors are in history, there's no doubt Warren Buffet would be on the list. But with Berkshire Hathaway underperforming the S&P 500 by 17% halfway into 2020, the question is, is he still the investor he was 30 years ago? This article provides some insight as to why he isn't. Here's an interesting graphic from the article that shows Berkshire Hawathay's Price % change compared to the S&P 500 Total % Change:

Why MasterClass Isn’t Really About Mastery: Masterclass is the little brother of all the other EdTech companies that have been popping up since the early 2010s (think Udemy, Coursera, Udacity). Yet, it's growth has been unparalleled and has recently hit 9 figures in revenue. What's the secret sauce? In this detailed analysis by Adam Keesling, he gives 3 main reasons:

  1. Masterclass is not about education -- it's edu-tainment. People sign up to watch their favorite celebrities teach classes and learning is secondary.

  2. Their advertisements are a product in itself- If you look at Masterclass advertisements, they look like trailers to a very high-production documentary. It literally blows any other ad video out of the water which leads to high interest and lower-paid acquisition costs

  3. Borrowing social capital is easier than creating it. - It took companies like Udemy and Udacity years to build enough of a reputation for people to start using it. They did so through user testimonials, influencer marketing etc. Masterclass, on the other hand, does something unique-- they took people who were already famous and gave them a platform to teach which bypassed the need for Masterclass itself to gain social reputation. This, in turn, allowed for much faster growth.

An Alternative to Cancel Culture: Ubuntu: Recently, I've noticed the rapid uptick and trend of "canceling" people. Individuals are being canceled left and right. Putting rationale and justification aside, I found this tweet to be remarkably refreshing by offering an alternative to cancel culture.

📱Cool Tech Highlight:

Morse Code by Slamming Laptop: Whether or not this is actually useful (probably not), I found this to be a cool way to decrease the longevity of your computer. The code is also attached in the Tweet for those interested

📷Picture Highlight:

This week Amy and I decided to take a trip to Brooklyn. Needless to say, the view was beautiful. Here's a quick snap I took from my phone.

Final Notes:

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Until next week,


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