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Fundamentals Of Good Nutrition: Preparation Beats Willpower

In the latest instalment of our weekly blog on the fundamentals of good nutrition, Ciaran Ruddock from FFS speaks about the important of preparation.

Do you ever feel that you don’t have enough time to eat better?

If the answer is “yes” then read on.

Last week, I talked about the power of better basics. How we can achieve elite level results when we consistently focus on making our daily habits better.

This week I am going to talk about the incredible power of preparation.

Any athlete will tell you the following,

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

Have you ever beaten yourself up for your nutritional choices?

Have you ever told yourself ‘I have no willpower’? Or “I am too busy to eat healthy”.

Personally speaking, I used to do this all the time.

Today I am going to tell you that you have loads of willpower, but you are making it difficult for yourself. You are under-prepared, and as a result you are constantly relying on willpower to make good choices, in difficult situations.

Everyone has the same 24 hours, it’s what we do with them

“Preparation beats willpower” is my mantra when it comes to nutrition.

We are all busy, juggling competing demands of  work, study, training, family, friends, partners, rest and the list goes on.

Often it can seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

That’s true – there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

So we must prioritise what are the things that are most important to us. How much time are we willing to allocate to them? Also how much focus and energy are we willing to allocate to them?

If you have found making better nutritional choices difficult with a busy schedule, join the club. However, we cannot use that as excuse. We must recognise the fact that we have a busy schedule and identify time saving strategies to prepare healthy food ahead of time.

We have a choice, we can either make excuses or we can make it happen!

 

How do we make it happen every week?

Take 10-20 minutes on a Sunday morning to ‘make time’ and get ready for the week ahead. 

Get your diary or smartphone calendar app and use the following simple three point strategy:

  • Anticipate
  • Plan
  • Prepare

What challenges are you going to be facing over the next week?

How much time can you allocate to food preparation?

How much time can you allocate to training?

Write in your diary your various commitments for the week.

Allocate specific times that you are going to prepare your meals for the week (Book an appointment with yourself).

Allocate specific times that you are going to allocate for training (Book an appointment with yourself).

Plan your meals for the week (Book an appointment with yourself to eat them).

Make a shopping list with the ingredients that you will require for the meals that you have planned.

Go shopping and purchase your ingredients on your list.

Take 30-60 minutes to batch cook your meals for the next few days or for the week. Sunday is a great time to get a head start on the week and get your meals prepared. This can be another day, if Sunday doesn’t work for your schedule, just pick a day that works for you and make it a routine.

Remember ladies and gents……Preparation beats willpower!