How to make a plan for eating better

You’re all gung -ho to start planning out your meals and putting them in your calendar.  You’re also making workout dates with yourself. Putting these things in your calendar is important, it makes them a priority. It helps you keep the agreements with yourself which helps you reach your health goals!

This is the popular advice, am I right? Is it the big secret to success? Will it make this be the year you finally get hold of your habits? The year where you eat and live a healthier lifestyle?

 

The problem is that it doesn’t always work. You’re perfect at the start. You follow the lists, stock the pantry and maybe you even got a Fitbook or a fancy app to plan and record your meals, but then you start going ”off plan” and forget to look at your calendar, or you don’t feel like cooking so you turn to processed easy foods.  

 

I can help you figure this out because I have an unconventional way of planning out my own success. Most plans don’t work for me. I’ve learned how to alter challenges and plans to mesh better with my personality. Things that are creative and practical to follow.  

 

The reason it’s happening it that you’re trying to:

 

#1.  Force perfection!  You are impeccable at first but when you start to fail you get frustrated and just stop. You my even forget about it.

 

#2. Use a planning system that doesn’t work with your style of doing things.  Are you an impulsive creative person?  Likely a strict meal plan won’t do it for you.  

 

The easiest way to fix it is to be honest with yourself about what you’re capable of.  Think back on past resolutions and why did you fail? Are you forcing an unrealistic expectation?

Do you really think it’s plausible that magically you’ll be able to makes complete about-face and suddenly start spending an hour a day cooking and/or preparing all meals from scratch? What about your long standing habits?

Is it realistic to think you’ll release your habit of reaching for certain favorite frozen food staples?  Sure, maybe for a while, but forever??

After you get a handle on this and discover your own style that works. After you learn what works for you and how to implement a plan where you’re likely to succeed, you’ll see a positive change that will boost your confidence which feeds permanent lifestyle change.

Lifestyle change isn’t as easy as it sounds, sure, it’s easy to say, “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change,” but damn, that an be hard!  Discovering what is realistic for you is the answer!

 

I would love to hear about your experience with planning for success

 

What planning systems have you tried?

 

Leave a comment below!

 

kely st claire, woman with black catKelly St Claire is a Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Coach, Plant-Based Cheerleader & Guide. Certified Crystal Healer, Hypnotherapist, Health Nut and Intuitive Goddess.
She supports you in adding more plants into your diet, and helps you get to the heart of the energy behind your making the same destructive health and nutritional decisions again and again. She loves turning people on to the fact that plants can be yum, and through a veggie-rich diet and lifestyle you can turn on the body’s natural healing energies.
She is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner through the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA,) Certified Crystal Healer, Hypnotherapist, Herbalist and Reiki Master for over 20 years. She has practiced the Intuitive Arts and has given rockin’ readings for over 10 years and is an avid student of Nature.
She lives in Richmond Va. with her teen daughter, 21 year old son, loving boyfriend, cuddly pitbull and magical black cat.

 

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4 Comments
  • January 3, 2017

    I made a huge change in the way I plan meals in the past year. I can honestly say the thing that made the biggest difference for me was I made small incremental changes over time. Now I maintain those habits and feel pretty great about it all. I would have been totally overwhelmed if I tried to do it all at once.

  • January 3, 2017

    Hi Kelly, I needed to read this. For me it is the discipline issue and I struggle to stay on the path of eating healthy. I get started but quit after about 2-3 months. I probably should plan meals to help me stay committed. I plan the shopping trip with all the right things we have come to like but no commitment to particular meals are set. Going to try to plan more definitely not in the plan to give up totally. Thanks for sharing

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