As soon as you wake up in the morning, think through where you are going to be eating, and how you will be able to access the food you need for five to six healthy meals. This might mean preparing meals in advance and taking them with you so that you don’t find yourself hungry and trapped, pulling into a fast-food restaurant and eating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrition meal.
Here are some of my bets planning tips:
- Cook enough protein and veggies to have meals ready in the fridge or freezer for several days. This is a huge time-saver! Also, check out my new Meal Plan that ensures you will always have the right kind of food available every day.
- Always pack lunches and snacks to take with you wherever you go especially when you are flying. You’ll not only save money at restaurants, but you won’t eat food that you know are bad for you when you are on the road and feeling hungry. Even one fast-food hamburger can ruin your motivation for a whole day or more.
- Keep meal replacement bars or shakes in your desk drawer to combat midday hunger.
- Plan according to your day’s activities––you can eat bigger, higher-carb meals before a workout, and smaller meals in the evening when you are winding down.
- Always carry water with you––a no-calorie way to fill yourself up between meals.
- Don’t go to parties or out for dinner when you are hungry. Drink a large glass of water and eat a piece of fruit before you leave so that you’ll have more control later.
- When eating out, tell the server not to bring bread to your table. In fact, stay away from bread and wheat products as much as possible.
- Use a Food Journal daily. And make a copy of it to keep at work so that you can fill it in when you are in the moment of eating, instead of trying to remember what you ate at the end of the day.
- Plan your day so that you are not spending too much time near your kitchen or pantry. Don’t make this diet harder on yourself by hanging out in the kitchen.
- Clean out your fridge and pantry and place the foods you’ll be eating daily toward the front.
- Throw away anything that you won’t be eating: You’re never going back to it. You can donate unopened boxes or cans to local food pantries.
- Have a small meal before you do your weekly food shopping. Shop the perimeter of the store; that’s where the freshest and healthiest foods are located.
You can find more tips like these in my books, The Life Plan Diet and Mastering the Life Plan. Contact me today for your Life Plan consultation!