Remember that old scouting motto? I'm starting to think it might be one of the keys to stabilizing my weight. I have had a lot of success on any number of diets, and I'm convinced that the reason is that if someone is telling me exactly what to eat, I can do it. (I'm also convinced that is why Weight Watchers works for so many people - you learn to make your own educated decisions about what to eat.)
I'm a busy person. My days are not well planned and planning what I eat is very low on the priority list. Ideally, I would carefully plan each day's meals in advance, carefully counting the calories and the fat content, but that's just not realistic. The other thing about me is when I get hungry or tired, I will eat anything I can find, especially easy comfort food.
I am trying to work around all that. I have come up with a short list of "meals" I enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of them are fast on-the-go meals (even some "fast food") and others are things that are served in places I frequent (like the work cafeteria or favorite restaurant). By having that short list, I can go into autopilot when I'm in a hurry, tired or hungry and eat something that's not going to sabotage my day. The short list can even be tailored to suit any restaurant, with the exception of Mexican food which is very hard to eat reasonably.
Strangely enough, my most difficult place to eat is not "out" but at home. When I get home from work, I'm immediately foraging for food, even when I know what I am going to eat for dinner. That's something I have to work on. I'm thinking about coming up with a specific "snacks" I can turn to when I get home.
A little planning now might pay off in a big way.
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