Emotional and binge eating
is a train wreck waiting to happen. It’s certainly been a crazy few weeks and
saying that things have not been going your way is an understatement. You go
for the easy option, the live-your-mood option, the convenient catastrophe. You
may have started the day out with your willpower at level 100 and you were all
set to climb the elementary school food pyramid, but somewhere mid-day, your
energies tanked, your patience grew short, and then your cravings soared.
How do you prevent a crisis
like that? You prevent it the way you prevent all crises: a crisis management
program or as we like to call it, meal planning. It prevents from derailing
from your objectives and gives you easy plans to fall back on. When energies
run low and so does willpower, your past self has already figured out things
for you. There are a few simple breadcrumbs left for you to follow your way to
living the healthy, balanced lifestyle you had set out on when life was all
sunshine and rainbows.
Still not convinced on why
you should plan your meals to make life easy? Let us break down the possible
advantages of having a go at planning your meals.
Like any of the resources
that are integral to our survival, our willpower is non-renewable. We start out
our days and weeks with a preset amount of willpower that gets used up rapidly
in small decision-making tasks from what we should wear to what we should say.
When we resort to cooking up something, we fall back on fast foods and dirty
Meal planning prevents you
from crashing midway because you have plan A, B and Z to resort to when you
cannot figure what will be healthy and happy for you to have for dinner. Meal
planning takes off one thing of your daily to-do list, freeing up time for you
to treat yourself with nothing but the best on no matter how hard the day has
Meal planning allows you to
give all the important things their rightful place in your menu. When you plan
a menu beforehand, you get to choose what goes in there. Meal planning gives
you the opportunity to stick to your New Year’s resolution of treating your
body right and having your doctors’ recommended portion of fruits and
vegetables. Even on days when you feel like putting no effort into cooking or
eating whatever your first craving is, a meal plan reminds you of an alternate
meal that you set out for yourself that will not only gratify you in the
moment, but something your future self will also be grateful for.
Some days right now you will
have to piece together any and every crumb you find to just get through the day
and eat for the sake of survival. With meal plans, you get to go the extra mile
and plan for yourself a meal that you know you will like. This preplanned
blessing might just be the meal that turns your awful week around because you
planned a meal that was nutritious and a treat to pick you up.
When we don’t plan and prep,
the more stress we have, and right now even one less thing to stress about will
help the days go a bit better. This is why all romantic comedies leave you with
a message of going with the flow and throwing caution to the wind. With a meal
plan you get the best of both worlds, you can avoid the stress of pondering
over “What for dinner?” and replace that with meals that give you zero-stress
and maximum gratification and nutritional value.
Need help with meal prep or planning? Let’s hop on a virtual coffee. I would love to help take some of your stress away, at firstname.lastname@example.org