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Pre-packing food in portions and in units of 100 calories helps me stay within the calories I need for the day. On busy days I can pack for lunch and breakfast by grabbing my "food units" - 10 items = 1000 cals - I can toss them into my lunch bag and stay within my calorie guidelines!!
I use baggies and reusable 1-cup bowls with screw-on lids. I keep a couple of ice packs in the freezer. If I pack at night I leave my bag in the fridge. If I'm rushing out the door, it takes 5 minutes to pack and I make good choices.
Packing the night before makes me more likely to follow through on the next day's plans. It seems simple, but the process of really putting thought into the next day's plans really helps me follow through.
I pack my lunch, my gym bag and my purse the night before. I take everything to my car in the morning and I'm more likely to hit the gym if I don't have to go home first to get clothes!
I found that if I put what I am going to eat for the next day into my Food Tracker the night before then I am more likely to stick to my calorie range. It really keeps me honest about what I am eating! 265
Plus it also motivates me to get my lunch for work packed the night before because i already know what I am packing! It makes me feel more organized and in control and I am less likely to grab something on the fly. I urge you to give it a try!
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