Friday, October 11, 2013
I run into trouble with staying on track when I do not plan ahead for meals.
I don't have to plan each meal specifically.
Rather, I just need to have in mind a group of the foods that I will eat for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that week, and make sure I have those foods in the house, readily available.
I also like to have some foods already prepared - a large pot of soup or a salad or some other dish that I can go to quickly for a meal.
So for me, planning usually involves selecting a few recipes for the week, shopping for the ingredients, and cooking some of it ahead of time.
I don't do well cooking when I am hungry or when I am tired after a long day.
i much prefer to cook in the morning and have a meal ready to just heat up for dinner.
The worst thing I can do (and have done many times, I'm sorry to say) is to stand in front of the refrigerator or the pantry, holding the door open and trying to decide what I can grab to eat right now because I'm hungry (and probably tired too).
That always leads to trouble.
I plan well in other areas of my life, so I certainly understand how important it is.
When I'm going to teach a class, I don't wait to decide what it will be about right before the class begins.
No, I have an outline planned for the entire semester, and I generally know what I will be doing for each class well ahead of time. i plan individual classes days in advance so I can be sure to have all the materials ready that I will need for the lessons.
When I'm preparing to take a trip, i don't pack my luggage just before I'm ready to leave for the airport.
No, I take time to think about the weather and the types of activities I'll be engaged in while on the trip. I usually think about what I'll need for several days ahead and give myself time to do the laundry and shop for special items I might want to take with me.
So, when I'm trying to eat healthful foods, and stay within a calorie count for the day and lose some weight, how could I possibly expect to succeed without planning in the same way?
I really need to stock my pantry and my refrigerator once again with foods that will fit in with my plan.
I need to cook some meals ahead of time - and have them waiting for me in the refrigerator.
Then, when I find myself in that mindless, hungry state, standing and holding that refrigerator door open, I won't have to think at all. I will have done the thinking earlier. And there will be some really good choices right there in front of me.