There’s one strategy that surpasses the rest in terms of what will help you stick to your 4 Hour Body guns:
Planning your meals.
If you’re not planning your meals, you’re a ticking time bomb of unplanned cheating ready to go off. I know that’s how it is, because that’s exactly how I am.
The only way I’ve been able to see consistent results is when I plan my food out ahead of time. In fact, I’ve planned enough that I created a slow-carb meal planner you can subscribe to if you’d like.
But if you stick around, I’m going to tell you how to plan so many meals you could eat a different meal for something like 80 years without eating the same thing twice.
How’s that for diversity?
All the foods
As I was putting together the slow-carb planner’s very first version, I developed what I call the “Fairly Exhaustive Slow-Carb Food List“. With that, you’ll find over 12,000 unique meal combinations.
Use it. Here’s a link to download the PDF.
If I didn’t have a meal planner to use instead, that’s what I would use to start planning my own meals. Here’s an example of how you could use it each week to plan:
- Create a spreadsheet (I use Google Docs) and give each group its own column.
- On a piece of paper (one you can hang on your fridge), make a space for each meal you want to plan. Here’s a meal planning calendar if you’d prefer to just print one out.
- Starting with the first column, randomly pick a number from 1 to the amount of items in the list. That’s the number corresponding to the food you’ll use. So for example, using the list you should have downloaded by now, if I pick 20 for protein, I’ll write down mahi mahi. A 17 for veggies gives me cucumbers, a 6 for legumes gives me lentils, and so on.
- The list provides the inspiration for the meal. For mine, I’d probably do a salt/pepper grilled mahi mahi, a cucumber salad (with red onions, salt, pepper, oregano, white wine vinegar, and olive oil), and my standard lentil recipe.
- Repeat for each meal.
What I love about this is there are so many things we don’t normally eat (regardless of who you are) that you’re bound to try something new and delicious and vary your own intake. And we all know a variety is good for you.
When you have a combination of foods and spices you don’t know what to do with, head to the internet to find a recipe from allrecipes, epicurious, or chowstalker.
Of course, if there are things on the big list you don’t like, simply remove them for your meal planning purposes.
Never eat without a plan again
I mentioned above that I created a meal planner, and then I basically told you how to plan your own meals. Why would I do that?
The first reason is that my main goal is to help you guarantee you’re preparing slow-carb compliant meals that will help you reach your own goals. You’ll never have to wonder again if what you’re eating is “allowed”, regardless of if you do it your own or let me do it for you.
The second reason is that I know you’re busy, and I know this information is going to save you time. Sharing this with you is my way of saying thanks for being a SCF/FMF community member. If you can’t, or even just don’t want, to subscribe to the planner, you’ll still get the results you’re looking for and not have to put in as much effort as you did before today.
That said – if you think you’d like to find out more about the slow-carb meal planning service I’ve put together (and get the first month for only $1), then please follow the link to the launch post to read more. If you have any questions, let me know!
original photo credit: Liz