You know the saying fail to plan, plan to fail? Well, its true. Especially when putting together meals.
Next to figuring out what to eat, planning meals is next in line as the most difficult aspect of a new dietary regimen. This is one of the reasons 98% of dieters gain back all the weight they’ve lost and then some.
So let’s dig deep and figure this one out together. I promise it won’t hurt nearly as much as you think. Here’s what to avoid:
- Just winging it. Trust me, not setting aside one day per week for cooking and preparation is a recipe for disaster. Even though I have a home office, I still take the time to prepare my meals in advance and it’s super easy once you get the hang of it. Without this first step, you’re setting yourself up for failure and a nasty case of the hangries when blood sugar takes a dive.
- Wasting money on processed foods. I know this has been drilled into your subconscious mind more times than you care to count, but it bears repeating because processed foods are not satiating nor will they give you the nutrients you need to thrive. Yes, the latest sprouted chia/flax/quinoa/black bean chips are a processed food. Anytime you take a sprout and apply high heat and rancid oils to it you cancel out any of the nutrients it originally had. What’s called “way better” is actually just clever marketing.
- Thinking your portions are under control. This one is huge (no pun intended) because we often don’t realize how much we actually eat! I know I didn’t until I got really clear about what 3 ounces of protein looks like (it’s actually a lot). The really cool part is that you’ve got these things called hands that act as your very own portion guide.