One of my biggest philosophies in regards to nutrition is that it is not realistic to try to be perfect 100% of the time. Focusing on complete perfection might work in the short-term for some quick results, but you will not learn any habits that will last long-term. What often ends up happening is that, as soon as you stop being 100% perfect, you go right back to where you started. Anyone heard of yo-yo dieting? What I would rather you do is to focus on being as good as you can whenever food is in your control. That way, when you are in circumstances when you are not in control, it isn't as detrimental to achieving your goals.

One of the ways that you can be more in control over your daily eating habits is by preparing food ahead of time. Some people call this food/meal prep. What we are aiming to do here is to give yourself a period of time where you prepare about 80% of your food for the week. If you're not somebody who has time or energy to cook each meal that you eat, food prep will be essential for you. It's important that you don't prepare 100% of your meals and snacks for the week because, inevitably, something will come up where you are unable to eat the food that you prepared. Maybe somebody impromptu asks you to go out to a meal or you simply decide that you want to go out and do something different. First of all, no one likes to waste food and, second, it's important that you still enjoy and live life while also working toward your goals.

Today, continue to log your food as accurately as you can but also take some time to think about when is a good time in your week to food prep. At the end of this week, I will designate a day for you to plan, prepare, shop, and prep your food. This might not be the best day for you moving forward, so do consider what day and time will work best for you. We will talk more about the things that you need to be aware of when you're grocery shopping later on this week.

See you tomorrow!