- Published April 6, 2018
- in awareness, coaching tools, simplify
In the evening of 10:00, the children are finally in bed, you go without a break from sunrise and you want to eat.
You open the fridge. There is a container with leftovers, an apple-grandmother-blacksmith, red grapes and aha! – Hostess cupcake package.
You reach the cupcakes.
Although most of us strive to eat well, the actions we take are not always synchronized with our goals.
We are not going to overeat – or choose unhealthy foods. Nobody wants to be overloaded. So why two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese?
Your brain is to blame.
The problem is not connected with lack of will or not knowing what is. Our neurological response to food has evolved over millions of years. For most of this time, food was difficult. Today, for comparison, we are bombarded with cheap + very tasty food, where we turn. And our brain chemistry is such that it prefers sugar + salt + fat over an apple.
So what can we do? Because primitive living is simply not an option.
The best way to regulate these instincts is to design your environment so that it encourages you to make healthy choices.
In other words, keep healthy stuff near you and comfortably.
Make your routines and work environment for you, not against you.
Keep unhealthy things from you and uncomfortable.
Make it hard for unhealthy things to get to you. If this does not help you to achieve your goals, you do not need it near you.
When you are faced with a choice between a cupcake and an apple, our brains will ALWAYS approve the cupcake.
If you want to lose weight and support that weight loss, kitchen makeup is probably the best way to set yourself up for success.
Here are a few steps you can take …
1. Consider buying smaller quantities (or disposals) "Products with a red light." Red light products are products that are just bad news for you. Maybe they make you feel sick, or they make you eat too much, or you know that they are an unhealthy choice for you. If it is not there in the first place, you will not have to resist + use willpower.
2. If you or your family members are not ready to part with certain products with a red light, consider putting them in hard-to-reach places or out of place.
3. Keep the pleasure similar to others, but you can not find a trigger for overeating. (For example, if your spouse likes strawberry ice cream, but you are not a fan, consider this to be a potential win-win situation.)
4. Stock up on healthy foods and snacks that you like. Put them in places where they are easily accessible.
Most of our food choices have nothing to do with physical hunger, but instead are determined by what and who is around us, along with our habits and familiar procedures.
By changing your environment – even a little – you can set yourself up for success.
XO ~ Robyn
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