This is a good thing when I am in fat loss mode because I am restricting my calories. Therefore I need a robust plan that ensures I have food with me when I am away from home, and that I am eating every couple of hours to minimise the hunger.
Now I am trying to find the happy food place where I eat enough to feel satisfied but not too much to be in a calorie excess, I am no longer sure that planning my day so carefully is helping.
Some days I would rather have a big breakfast and no morning tea. Sometimes I can't face another chicken wrap for lunch and all I want is a quarter roast chicken and coleslaw. Other days I'd rather have a bowl of pumpkin soup for dinner instead of protein and vegetables. Sometimes I am incredibly hungry all day and sometimes I am not really hungry at all.
Even though I hate the concept that food = fuel, on some level this is true (although food is so much more than that for me - it is pleasure, warmth, and communion with others). You don't put the exact same amount of petrol in your car day after day and expect it too be precisely what you need to get you where you need to go. Even if you travel exactly the same distance every day there are speed variations and changing traffic conditions that affect the fuel efficiency of your car.
I shouldn't expect my body to need x amount of calories every day. Some days I move a lot, I am awake for longer and I feel like going for a walk in my lunch break to clear my head. Other days I just lie on the beach and read a book (like all of next week). I need different amount s of energy on different days.
In the ongoing maintenance eating experiment I am going to trial a different approach. I am still logging my food, but I am deciding what to eat as I go, and trying not to freak out too much if I go under or over the calorie number I have set for the day. I am trying to follow my intuition more and my intellect less.
It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover… Jules Henri Poincare
How do you do it - plan in advance, make it up as you go, or totally wing it?