Do I count calories, points, or macros? No.
Do I plan out my food and then follow my plan? Yep!
We have two different types of brains.
We have our primal brain and we have our frontal cortex brain.
Our primal brain only thinks about the now. It is the one that served us back in the day that told us “See food, must eat.“ And “See lion, must run.“.
Although our primal brain has our survival in its best interest, it does not have our best interest for our goals.
Our frontal cortex brain is the brain that has our back. This is the brain that we use when we do goal setting or for making any plans for positive choices in the future.
This is the brain that is used to create my 24 hour plans.
Every day, I write down exactly what I am going to eat that day. This does not mean that I create a perfect meal plan filled with broccoli and chicken only to either feel deprived or to not follow the plan anyway. This means, that I write down exactly what I am actually going to eat. Sometimes, this includes chocolate, donuts, specialty coffees, ice cream, whatever. The point is, I write down what I am going to eat, and then I honor that commitment to myself.
The beauty of this plan is that your frontal cortex brain will never write down “tomorrow I am going to binge on donuts.“ However, if you don’t make a plan, the donut binge may in fact happen. What if your frontal cortex brain decided to eat one donut? How would you feel in the moment a donut is presented? Would you feel empowered and excited for the donut? Or would you feel like a “bad person“ for eating the donut? I have a feeling you would feel happy with the decision because it is part of the plan anyway.
At the end of each day, I look back at my plan and make note if I followed through on my commitment and if I didn’t, what are my excuses?
This simple and extremely easy way of tracking food is the perfect solution for not having to make decisions throughout your entire day of what and when you will eat.
Life is busy and we have enough decisions to make.
So, do yourself the favor of taking the time each day to spend two minutes the night before deciding then what you will eat the next day so that during the day you don’t have to think about it again.