We rely solely on our will power to make good decisions…
The part of our brain responsible for willpower is simply not equipped to cope with the number of decisions we face in modern life nor with the intensity of temptation we are now constantly subjected to. Will power is simply not enough to keep us on the ‘straight and narrow’.
What’s the solution?
I think it is twofold – first we need to dial down the volume on temptation and secondly reduce the number of decisions we are faced with in our day.
How can we tame temptation?
Simple – start by forming some concrete wellbeing goals and if you know you need to work on your commitment to exercise and healthy eating, then make some specific and measurable goals around those areas. The really important bit is the next step – ask yourself WHY you want to achieve these goals. What will achieving these goals facilitate in your life? How will life feel different when you achieve them? These questions tap into your deeply held values and articulating them helps to reduce the intensity of temptation around you…
The other part of dealing with the willpower deficit is in reducing the number of decisions we are faced with and I will be delving into the psychological strategies that help us make better decisions more often in my new workshop next month at BAYoga.
We all know what we need to do to feel healthy, it’s another thing to make it happen. For more info about this lasting lifestyle change workshop and to book in, just click on this exercise and nutrition link.
Can’t get to the workshop? Don’t worry! I offer similar content via skype and this way we can take a completely bespoke approach. Get in touch to form your personalised action plan and reclaim your vitality!
Psychology of Healthy Eating Tip #5.
The principle behind sustainable healthy eating is to make good decisions MOST of the time.
So my favourite advice is, IF you are going to indulge, THEN SAVOUR IT!
There is more joy in a single savoured chocolate than in a handful gobbled with guilt.
Want to know more about savouring? Read this post: “Double your joy by learning to savour“.
Get in touch if you need some strategies to keep a healthy balance.
This week we are focusing on the psychology of healthy eating, but you can use this technique with any kind of desired behaviour change in mind.
Psychology of healthy eating tip #4: Brainstorm your “IF… THEN” statements.
Anticipate situations that might make it hard to stick to healthy food choices and have a plan in place to deal with it. These “If X happens… then I will do Y” statements can be powerful primers that help you make better decisions and stay on course.
Spend some time brainstorming yours and write them down to help cement them.
So, for example… If I’m having a coffee, then make it a skim with no sugar. If a friend wants to catch up, then suggest a walk together rather than our connection revolving around food…
Tune in tomorrow for my favourite “if… then” primer.
If it’s hard getting creative, drop me a line! Sometimes you just need a sounding board.
Psychology of Healthy Eating Tip #3!
You know you’re a moderator if you…
– find the occasional indulgence is enjoyable and helps to bolster your resolve
– get stressed at the thought of “eliminating” something, or “never” having it.
You know you’re an abstainer if you…
– have trouble stopping at just one…
– cope better once temptation is removed
Be honest with yourself, decide if you are a moderator or an abstainer and plan your own healthy eating strategy accordingly.
Get in touch if you need some help sticking to your guns.
Identify your swaps – what are some of the things that you can (relatively painlessly) swap for something else more life-giving, or less troublesome.
For example, for me coffee is a ‘gateway’– I’m tempted to add sugar and then I want more sugary things like cakes and muffins and biscuits… Green tea on the other hand has me reaching for healthier snack alternatives and keeps sugar cravings at bay. But that’s just me, what works for you? What can you substitute?
Need some help brainstorming? Drop me a line at email@example.com