In career planning, they say that everyone has a plan for your life. And if you don’t take the time to plan where you want to be, you’ll spend your career working according to someone else’s design. And you might not like where this journey takes you.
The same can certainly be said for food. If you don’t plan what, when and how you’re going to eat, the food will end up making these decisions for you. And that’s usually what ends up happening.
On the way home after a busy day – completely exhausted and lacking energy – we decide it would simply be easier to spend a few dollars on fast-food drive-thru. The idea of spending half an hour or more preparing a healthy meal just seems like too much of an interruption. (Ironically, this unhealthy processed junk will actually end up leaving you feeling sicker and less energetic)
Likewise, supermarket shelves are stocked full of unhealthy, processed, pre-packaged foods which promise convenience. Just unwrap and eat. Or, at the most, wait 5 minutes for the microwave to beep.
Of course, pre-packaged frozen dinners and fast-food take-out don’t simply grow on trees. These are factory-produced commodities which are backed by millions… and sometimes billions… in advertising and marketing.
It’s hard to live by willpower alone when vast resources are being leveraged in order to influence and guide your eating habits. If you don’t plan your food, your food will literally plan your eating for you.
That’s why you need to take control of your eating.
At the beginning of the week, you need to plan every meal and beverage you’ll be consuming for the next 7 days. This way, you’ll always know what you should be eating, and you’ll rarely be tempted to eat garbage out of hunger.
This weekly eating plan can be the same every week. You can even eat the same foods every day. However, switching things around adds a nice bit of variety and kills the boredom that could make you lose the habit.
Of course, we still haven’t addressed the problem of time constraints. Where will you find the time to prepare all of that time-consuming healthy food yourself every day? Most of us have jobs, kids, school, and other obligations!
Well, it doesn’t have to be so difficult.
Once you’re operating off of a meal plan, you can actually organize your life to create even MORE free time without sacrificing your health! Since all of your meals for the week are already planned in advance, you can simply cook all of your meals on Saturday. Then, freeze them all in individual dishes. (Cooking 7 big meals at once doesn’t take much longer than cooking one small meal)
When you want to eat, you simply pull out a pre-made healthy dish and stick it in the microwave. Within 5 minutes, you have a healthy meal, ready to eat. And best of all, this is cheaper than fast-food take-out or store-bought frozen dinners!
As you can see, time constraints and willpower are no excuse for eating trash. If pro athletes, touring rock stars, and busy executives can eat healthy, then so can you. It’s all a matter of getting organized, and planning your meals more intelligently.