Hey there ,
Have you heard this quote before?
“In a sense, you do have an angel and a devil sitting on your shoulders. We need the angel to be salient,
because in the moment, it’s often easier to listen to the devil.”
Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School
This applies to the process of changing your diet, doesn’t it? That’s because taking the easy route is always,
well, easier. But if you want to eat the way you want, i.e., reach your nutritional goals, you’ll need to plan
ahead. Let’s discuss some broader strategies for staying prepared and motivated on your journey so you aren’t as
easily swayed to take the easy route.
Remove obstacles before you run into them
As we mentioned in our last email, Staple Meals are the perfect defense against a variety of circumstances that
could throw you off course. Learning to recognize potential threats to your progress in advance will ensure you
don’t have to rely on willpower or quick thinking alone to stay on track. Whether it’s sunday brunch, a vacation
away or a three day conference that leaves you without access to your kitchen, preparation is the best defense.
Give yourself time to make the right choices
Making your nutrition and diet goals a priority requires setting aside some time. Failing to plan here can be
just as bad as choosing to eat poorly. Some find great success by taking one day a week to prep all their meals.
Others take time in the morning each day. The time you devote to planning your meals and reflecting on your
progress and choices will pay off big time.
Make your adjustments as specific as possible
“Eat something healthy” sounds great, but it’s not very clear. “Have leftover salad for lunch” is much more
concise and therefore, much easier to do. This strategy is all about avoiding that “put on the spot” feeling
when you don’t have a clear path in front of you. When that path isn’t clear, it’s way too easy to go in the
Speaking of supportive strategies, did you know our free trial enables you to email your meal plans and grocery
to yourself? Give it a shot and let us know what you think!
Don't forget to check out our Tutorial Library for useful demos of ETM features!
- Louis, Patrick, Erin, Matt, Riley, David, and Tim
The Eat This Much team