Feelings or Plans?

April 17, 2020 BY: LISA

Do you need to change the way you choose food?

Recently a client said to me: “I choose what I eat based on what I’m feeling like at the time, and I realise this is not working for me.”

This is not working for me…

NOTE: In this blog I am not saying you need to eat food you are not feeling like, nor do I mean that you shouldn’t choose to eat food you like! 

Remember, something is only a problem if it’s a problem. If you are very happy choosing your meal or snack, at the time, based on what you are feeling like, then perfect…there is no problem to solve!

However, do you find yourself disappointed that you are eating foods that you didn’t really want to eat?

Do you consider yourself an emotional eater?

Are you eating less healthy foods than you had wanted to?

Then possibly relying on your feelings to determine what you eat is not working so well for you.

A plan is the best way to ensure that most of your food choices are healthier and energy sustaining ones.

Planning helps you make better choices

For example, if you wait until 3.00pm to decide what you feel like eating, it is more likely that you will raid the biscuit or lolly jar to give the ‘boost of energy’ that many people feel they need at this time of day.

It’s delicious but may not always be serving you well to eat all the time…

But what if you had already planned to have a handful of nuts, a tub of yoghurt or use a milky coffee (latte` or capp) as your snack at this time? Still foods that you like to eat/drink but they are more nutritious and will also actually address your hunger at this time far better than a biscuit will.


Planning meals and snacks can help make food decisions easier, increase the nutrition quality of your diet and assist you to manage energy and hunger levels more effectively.

Here’s the check list:

  1. Is it a problem? Are your food decisions causing some noisy head space – that is are you feeling that you ‘should’ be doing better, are you feeling ‘guilty’ about your food choices?
  2. Give yourself permission to eat the less nutritious foods you enjoy, this is really important because as soon as you ban a food, or tell yourself you ‘shouldn’t’ eat it, you are more likely to ‘crave’ it.
  3. Plan what you would like to eat for the meal(s) or snack(s) in question and make sure you have the food with you.
  4. Plan B – If your head is still saying, “Go with the biscuits/lollies!”, eat the food you had planned to eat- nuts, yoghurt, fruit – to satisfy your hunger, then see if you still want the other food. If you still want the sweet stuff, then have it. What you may find is that you eat less than normal or that you eat it and don’t really enjoy it. The next time you may decide to make a different decision and just stick with the planned food.

Remember something new takes time to establish, so keep trying. The most important part of this is, GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO EAT THE LESS HEALTHY STUFF. The question is: Is that what you really want to do all the time?


Lisa APD

Calm the battle with your mind, decrease guilt, increase control and enjoy food


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