Have a Plan

Today is Wednesday, April 9th

The topic or question of the day?

What is your plan and why is planning so important?

I wrote about the importance for planning previously, and found it to be another important lesson to be true during my recent move and new job.  I realized it is imperative to decide well in advance what you are going to do or say in any given situation.  Plan out scenarios that have caused failure or stress in the past and devise a plan.  Whether they be actions or words,  surprises and stressors are easier to handle with some sort of plan.

Knowing we would be eating out or picking up food on the run because of the move and unpacking the kitchen, I had to plan to eat smaller portions to prevent mega calorie consumpption. I also had to devise a plan on how I was going to handle my new job situation when I became ill with bronchitis.  Yesterday I devised a plan of eating because we took our daughter and her family out to The Cheesecake Factory to celebrate her birthday.  My bowl of shredded wheat yesterday morning was much smaller than usual.  I walked to work, walked home for lunch, ate a little egg salad with a few crackers and 2 strawberries, then walked back to work. I knew I needed some exercise because my calorie level was going to be heavier that day.  I planned and ordered a lighter fare and of course had 3 bites of cheesecake because the first 3 bites taste the best!  I planned to eat slowly, used my less dominant hand and sat up straight.  These actions really prevent overindulging.  If you don’t think ahead, and plan how you will manage your day, you will often fail.

Quote of the day:

“If we hope for any success, we must plan ahead” – Nathan Ward from the book Daybreak

Plan of action:

1.  Resolve to plan your day today.

2.  Realize it won’t always go according to your plan, but it will get you thinking.

3.  Don’t just make your “plans” for eating.  Plan and practice what you might say in a difficult situation.  This can benefit both you and the hearer.

How then shall we eat?

Today is Tuesday, January 7th


The topic or question of the day is:

 How then shall we eat?

 We shall tackle this question throughout the year.  Today we will concentrate on timing of food and some problems with schedules.

 The human body does not require particular hours for eating says Sarah Hale.  Considerations are:

  1. If your daily schedule is regular, adopt fixed hours of eating.
  2. When your schedule is irregular, be guided by your appetite.
  3. If you engage in hard, physical labor, you will require more food (some of us with desk jobs are eating in this category).

 Regular work schedules = regular mealtimes and easier planned eating.

 Irregular work schedules (shift work or 12hr. shifts) = grab what you can, when you can for most people.  Appetite should be considered, but often  food is plentiful on late night shifts and our eyes, noses and ‘work’ routines can lead to over-eating.

 Some problems I see in today’s society in regard to food intake:

1.  Many people have broken  “cut off” or “I am full” levers and are over- consuming food and left unsatisfied. 

2.  Many people are eating the wrong kinds of foods that are not satisfying or nutritious so they go searching for something else to suit their fancy. 

3.  The dopamine cycle problem.  Seeking foods to raise our “feel good” level (dopamine) that often leads to addiction.  More and more people want to taste “a party in their mouths” and love all the “purple cows” of the food industry with high “bliss points”.  We will talk about purple cows and bliss points tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

 Tip of the day

 “If you want to enjoy life, pay attention to what you are doing “  – Descartes

 Take action today: 

Pay attention to your appetite.  See if you can avoid a craving today by setting a timer for 1 hour and then drink a glass of water.  If you can’t stop thinking about food after the hour, eat a honey stick (15 calories) or a glucose tablet (15 calories found at any drugstore) and drink a glass of water. 

* If you have diabetes, or high blood pressure, you will need to check your values throughout the day.