Filling out your tracker days in advance is a big help also. Then you can sit there and play with the foods till they fit. If you plan out 7 days in advance, then you can just click on your grocery button, and have a list of food to buy.
When you wake up in the morning, just check your tracker, and you know exactly what you will be eating that day, and you will have that food in your fridge or pantry.
Planning the day of is always hectic. I plan my entire week on Sunday, when I can relax, and just sit down, and do so. You can click on the " See today's full report ", and see what you are short on, or high on, and make adjustments till they are in range.
Also while SP has a graph of 50/20/30, those are ranges also. You may get 45-55% of your calories from carbs on any given day. We never get exactly 50%. Try for better, not perfection. With time, it will get easier, and easier to put together a meal plan for the day that is close to what SP recommends.
I would focus on removing , or severely limiting sweets, and processed foods, and filling your trackers with healthy foods. Enter them into your favorites, and then making your plan is just a matter of putting foods in place like Tetris. When it fits, and everything is in range, then you are done for that day. Eating healthier foods will be a much greater benefit than worrying whether you are 5% low on protein, or 3 % over on carbs.
It really is a matter of building a database, and then trial and error, building your menu from these healthier foods. It may take a while to get from disaster to very healthy. Don't obsess with being perfect today. Just keep making healthy substitutions when possible.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 181.0