Making a Food Plan
Yesterday, I said that a key to losing weight is to make a food plan. I wanted to elaborate on what exactly that looks like. Literally, all you need to do is grab a sheet of paper or your phone & write out what you plan to eat for B/L/D + any snacks or alcoholic beverages you plan to drink. Make your plan very simple & very realistic. The key to sticking to your plan is to make it realistic. If you normally eat out 2-3 meals every day, write that down. There is no right or wrong thing to plan, the important thing is committing to your plan once you make it.
How do I plan if I don’t know what is going to be available? Inevitably, there will be times when you won’t be able to actually plan what food you are going to eat. Whether you are at a work event, shower, party, etc- so what do you do? Well, #1 plan to eat only when you are physically hungry & stop at satisfied. That cuts out a lot of the drama right there. #2- make the best choice possible- if there is nothing that you want to eat or that aligns with your goals, you can always skip the meal. I promise no one will look at you weird or think anything about it (if they do, that’s on them & means nothing about you). I promise you will not starve from missing one meal, especially if there is nothing there that you actually want to eat.
Making a plan is all well & good, but the key is actually sticking to it. That is why it’s so important to make a realistic plan. If you don’t normally eat super “healthy” (it’s all relative, what is healthy is different for everyone at different stages during their journey), don’t plan a bunch of meals of kale & sweet potatoes & wonder why you can’t stick to your plan. You will break your plan at some point. Don’t. freak. out. Use that time to assess why you didn’t stick to plan today.
What if someone brings in donuts to the office or a coworker asks you out for drinks after work? If it’s not on your plan, there isn’t a negotiation. You don’t eat the donuts. You don’t have the drinks. You can still go out with your coworkers, but have some club soda & lime. Will it feel good to pass on those delicious donuts? In the moment, probably not- but when you are assessing your day, it will. You will be so proud of yourself for sticking to the plan.
Do you need some help making a plan or figuring out why you aren’t sticking to the plan you’ve made? I would love to help you! I have a totally private & free (seriously, no one is selling a thing) group on Facebook that I would love for you to join! All I ask is that you invite your friends & family if you like it. Email me or contact me here or on Facebook or Instagram (@abalancedblonde) & I am happy to chat with you!