As I travel along this journey tweaking my own food choices and helping others I tend to notice a trend – people love to make things too complicated! While there are some “hacks” out there and some quick tips that are useful, at the end of the day your daily routine needs to be simple. If you overthink your diet/food choices – you’ll end up “giving up” or “giving in” to food choices that do not support your goals!
Maybe it’s because I am a man, but for me the everyday choice of what I eat needs to be simple. If you struggle to decide what to eat every day, or even worse - every meal - then your brain will go back to autopilot, forgetting about your goals and default to old habits to make things easy.
We are wired to be simple - our subconscious brain look for efficiencies. But when the thinking part comes in (our conscious side) and we think “Hmmm - what should I eat for lunch? This menu is fabulous! These fried foods look awesome! Oh wait, I am dieting…change that, let’s look for veggies. But I don’t really like that veggie. Is fried avocado a veggie?” ….and on and on - Get the point!
- Plan ahead - make up your mind about your goals.
- Pack a lunch the night before.
- Lay out your breakfast foods ahead of time.
You will find that the right choice eventually becomes the easy choice and then it gets wired into the subconscious. This is how we can make the seemingly complicated choice easy!
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I can tell you from firsthand experience that if you do this, in a few weeks, it becomes a habit and you really do not have to think much about it.
Decide now what is important to you. Is it French fries, diet coke and a burger? Or is it a trim lean-looking body that is full of health and vitality because you chose to eat healthy?
In the end, eating real food as close to Mother Nature will always be best. It’s really hard to go wrong when eating real food.
Good luck and let me know how I can help you be a happier healthier you!