Conversations regarding our future selves tend to revolve around personal finances or physical and mental health. The concept is pretty simple: What is the most realistic future you can imagine for yourself? No winning the lottery, no magically "getting fit.” Just what you’ll be if you continue everything as you are now. If you don’t like the image, change it.
It’s a wonderfully helpful mindset when it comes to investment habits or workout routines, and, as I recently discovered, dinner planning. On slow, easy Sundays, I think of the tired, hungry Wednesday Katie. Or Tuesday coworker-drinks-but-no-food-plans Katie. Or, if I’m thinking about my way, way ahead future self, I realize how much she’ll want to eat chicken soup when sick. Making big batch dinners and freezing pre- or post-cooking isn’t just good planning. It’s an act of self-compassion. It’s doing a kind deed for the person you’ll be in two weeks or two months or a few days. So, take a moment plan ahead. Your future self will thank you.
How do you plan for your future self? Think they're hungry?
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).