Write It Down...Or Wing It?
Hard call. I mean really, who wants to make a plan and then have to stick to it? Is that even a thing? Let's take a look at the most common excuses.
Myth #1: I just don’t have the time
Did you know that the average person eats basically the same 40 foods? So you’re not choosing from every food in the whole world, just your usuals. Typically it takes around 3-5 minutes to jot down a practical game plan for the next day. That is so quick. Also, a plan actually cuts down the endless negotiations that go on in your brain about what and when to eat. It’s already decided. That’s another waste of time eliminated.
Myth #2: I don’t know what I'll feel like eating then
If you don’t feel like eating what you planned, you are probably not hungry. You are most likely giving food the job of entertainment or relief. When I am actually hungry, my usual foods suit me just fine. If I am stress eating or bored, I am going to want something different, like chocolate or hash browns.
Myth #3: I don’t want to feel restricted
This is your lower brain telling you it would like all the options left open. That's so if you get “too busy” you can drop by McDonald’s or if your neighbor drops by a loaf of bread, you can dig in. No plan? No problem, because now everything is on the menu. Time to “wing it.”
The Big Wins with Planning
When you write down a plan, you’re using your higher brain which always has your well being in mind. This is a big deal when we are talking about day in, day out. When you wing it, your lower brain is in charge and it has instant gratification as the goal.
Who do you want in charge of your fuel?
Decisions you make ahead usually align with your goals and what you want long term. Choices made on the fly are being negotiated with your lower brain and require big amounts of restriction and willpower which are limited commodities. Remember, you are making the plan, so plan what works for you. Keep it simple and doable and jot it down.