Today we’re going to address one of the two mismatches quadrants—those who have roaring metabolism and/or high activity lifestyles, but do not have the appetite to match it. This can be an overwhelming dilemma (I’ve got to eat that much in one day?!). There’s two high impact decisions that be made to address this.
[I’ll make a note on accountability here—you have to turn this into a habit. It can’t be one of those do it for a week, don’t do it over the first weekend, and then you never go back to it. A few suggestions I have for making this stick: 1) draw out a matrix on a piece of paper or get one of those free Dunkin Donuts calendars and keep it on your refrigerator and mark off when you’ve followed through each day with an action to match your decision to make a change; 2) draw a matrix on the top of your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. However you choose, use some sort of training wheels that will remind you and help get you through the window of time to change a new activity into a habit.]
The High Impact Decisions:
These go together, so you actually only have to create one new behavior to act on two high-impact decisions. Boom!
High Impact Decision One:
Get yourself a high quality blender. I have Vitamix and I’d buy something of similar quality. Really what you’re looking for is commercial quality in the home. They’re expensive and it would certainly have been less painful to buy the $39.99 option on Amazon, but the commercial grade ones handle ice and hard ingredients much better and they last. I’ve had my Vitamix for a year now. I paid about $300 and I’ve used it approximately 200 times since then. It’s the most cost per use effective piece of kitchen equipment I own. Anyway, a way around a small appetite is drinking calories—exactly what the rest of us try to avoid. You combine a large volume of food into a manageable smoothie. Baked sweet potatoes, peanut butter, olive oil, honey, bananas and other fruit, oats, protein powder, and milk are all ways to get the calories you need into a manageable delivery system.
High Impact Decision Two:
For you low appetite folks, if you don’t start early you rarely catch up—so break the fast! First thing you should be doing after you wake up and weigh yourself is cruising into the kitchen to make your smoothie. Doing this first will allow you to work on it as you get ready and keep after while you’re driving to work. Set up your non-refrigerated items right next to your blender, and your refrigerated items next to each other. As you’re forcing yourself to do this the first week, create a system and refine it to allow you a repeatable routine that can get quicker over time. Eventually you’ll create a habit/routine that just happens on auto-drive in the morning.