Your primitive brain seeks to minimize pain, maximize pleasure, and avoid work. While this evolutionary trait benefited our species when food was scarce, today it causes us to make food choices that do not serve our bodies. In contrast, the prefrontal cortex is implicated in logical thought, rational decision making and planning. During this podcast I discuss why planning ahead, which uses the prefrontal cortex, rather than making decisions on the fly using the primitive brain is necessary to living a naturally healthy life. I also provide strategies and examples of how to plan meals ahead of time.