Q&A: How can I stop going through the drive thru?

The Question

I don't have time to grocery shop or cook every meal. And I hate grocery shopping and cooking anyways. Because of this, I find myself going through the drive thru for dinner at least twice a week. I know this is very bad for me. How can I stop going through the drive thru? 

The Answer 

Thank you for the question. I totally understand. I'm not a big fan of grocery shopping or cooking either. But if you want to eat healthy, they're kinda necessary. So, I recommend you create a plan that works for you and your life. I've got a few tips to help you with this. 

Tip #1: Create A Plan For Grocery Shopping 

Planning is your new best friend. Seriously. 

Create a plan for grocery shopping by answering these questions: 

  1. Will you go grocery shopping each week or hire a service to do it for you?
  2. How many times each week will you grocery shop or order from a service?
  3. What store will you buy from?
  4. What day and time will you grocery shop or order from a service each week?
  5. What will you buy at the grocery store or order from a service each week?
  6. Where will you get coupons?
  7. What day and time will you clip your coupons?

Answer these questions once. Then, calendar and follow that plan each week.

Tip #2: Create A Plan For Cooking Meals 

Again, planning is your new best friend. 

So, create a plan for cooking meals by answering these questions: 

  1. Will you cook your own meals each week?
  2. How many times each week will you cook meals?
  3. What day and time will you cook your meals?
  4. What exactly are each of your meals?

Answer these questions once. Then, calendar and follow that plan each week.

Tip #3: Focus On Your Mindset 

Let's focus on each of the sentences you wrote in your question.

The first sentence you wrote was, "I don't have time to grocery shop or cook every meal."

I don't know anything about your life and your schedule but if I were coaching you one-on-one I'd ask you a bit more about this sentence. Are you telling yourself the truth here?

My guess is that when you think you don't have time to grocery shop or cook, you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or full of anxiety. So, ask yourself if you're telling the truth about your time.

The second sentence you wrote was, "And I hate grocery shopping and cooking anyways."

If you find that you do actually have the time to grocery shop and cook, I suspect hating both of these activities is the real reason you sometimes avoid it and go through the drive thru.

My guess is that when you think about how much you hate grocery shopping and cooking, you feel dread or annoyed. Of course you won't want to do it!

So, ask yourself if there's another way you can think about grocery shopping and cooking. You don't have to love these things but maybe you can think about them as necessities for healthy eating.

The last few sentences you wrote are, "Because of this, I find myself going through the drive thru for dinner at least twice a week. I know this is very bad for me. How can I stop going through the drive thru?"

If I were coaching you one-on-one, we'd focus a big chunk of our time here. But since there are limitations to a Q&A like this, I'll simplify my message.

Think about the moment you decide to drive through the drive thru. What are you thinking? What are you feeling? 

Whatever you're thinking and feeling in that moment are the reasons you're getting into your car to drive through the drive thru. 

So, become aware.

Then, ask this:

How can you feel whatever you're feeling in that moment without trying to numb it with food? 

Thanks again for your question. I hope my answer helps you.

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