That means you wait until you’re hungry to eat or you eat because you see a certain food and you want to eat it. That will lead us down a path that will not give us that kind of energy, mental clarity and a body that feels the best.
You want to plan your meals and follow your plan. It’s very much like scuba diving. You’re supposed to plan your dive and then follow your plan. And if you don’t, you could die.
Our day-to-day life is about living. So, let’s think about reactive eating. How are you going through your day?
Is it approaching lunch time and you realize that, “My gosh! It’s been quite a while since I’ve eaten and I’ve got to eat something.” That’s when you make last minute plans. It simply doesn’t work.
It’s a very important part of changing your day-to-day eating habits. Plan what you’re eating. Do not eat unless it’s planned time. That’s where snacking comes in.
At some point, you have to eat. Even if you didn’t plan it, you still have to eat. In that case, you want to realize that you didn’t plan well that day, but don’t beat up on yourself. You want to figure out how you can be better tomorrow. And that’s planning ahead.
One of the easiest ways to plan ahead is to carry a health bar with you because when it’s been three to four hours and you haven’t eaten, it’s time to eat. And you want to eat not because you’re hungry, but because it’s time to eat. You don’t want to eat as a reaction to being hungry or as a reaction to the fact that you just see some food and you want it whether you’re hungry or not.
You want to eat because it’s time eat. The way that you will feel the best is to eat small volumes of food. If it’s a plate size, it’s roughly the palm of your hand; a small plate, roughly every three to four hours. That’s when you’re going to have the most energy, mental clarity, and your body is going to feel the best. But you need to plan that.
You may have set your phone as an alarm. You need some kind of prompt to remind you that it’s been three to four hours. But you don’t want to be waiting until you’re hungry because that’s reactive eating. Not that hunger is such a bad sign, but it’s reactive eating.
You want to plan ahead. And if you do that, your eating habits will change and you will feel better.