Sunday, October 09, 2011
I just had one of those moments where something I've really known about for years, but haven't done, suddenly seems SO obvious.
Planning my daily food choices the day before!
It's not rocket science, is it? BUT.... I haven't been doing this. And it suddenly seems so clear to me that NO WONDER I keep making poor food choices, despite my best 'general' plans to "eat better" --- I'm leaving the choices to times like when I get home from work after a long day and am really hungry, or when I walk past the pizza-by-the-slice place on my lunch break at work.
I'm setting myself up for failure by leaving the choices to these more 'vulnerable' times. It's like the old adage about not grocery shopping when you're hungry. I'm making my food choices (and in my case, generally not good ones) when I'm hungry. And tired. And maybe a bit bored.
Why didn't I see this before??
So, starting now, I'm going to start deciding my nutritional plan for the next day the night before. It doesn't have to be so specific that there isn't any room for choices, or for a certain level of spontenaity --- I could decide to make a home-made soup or a stir-fry for supper, and choose the specific ingredients the next day, for instance -- but I think that, at least for the start-up phase while I'm learning new, healthier habits, at least the framework should be fairly specific, and quite specific in the area of snacks, as they are my weak point.
I'm hoping this will work well.