We Make Our Choices, And Then Our Choices Make Us
Most of us would agree that when it comes to health, eating the right foods is a major factor. I believe there’s more to it than just knowing what’s best for our health. Even when we know exactly what we’re supposed to eat and do, we still have to choose to eat those healthy foods and do the right things.
In other words, I can give you all the information you could possibly want along with helpful tactics and proven strategies… I can help you with the knowing and give you support. The actual decision making and taking action part is entirely yours.
How do we make decisions? It is thought to rely on two separate networks in two different areas of the brain:
one network determines the risk/reward value of a choice… the healthy foods as well as those distracting (junkier) foods
the other network guides how we behave… buying a bag of potatoes versus a bag of potato chips.
When we regularly exercise cognitive control — which is defined as “the ability to flexibly adapt one’s behavior in the pursuit of an internal goal” — we are able to keep that behavioural network more in check.
In other words, the more we make choices WITH our goal in mind, it becomes much easier to stay on target… making dinner at home versus ordering pizza — because I want to lose weight.
Implement The 80/20 Rule
The Pareto Principle, also known as the “80/20 Rule”, states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
The 80/20 rule is a great approach to healthy eating, it isn’t a diet. According to the rule, you choose healthy foods 80% of the time, then because you eat healthy the majority of the time, you are allowed a little wiggle room to indulge in a few favorite treats now and then, or about 20% of the time.
It also means that you don’t have to be perfect 100% of the time. Besides, as I always say, nobody likes people that are perfect. The good thing is, nobody’s perfect!
Aim eat healthy most of the time by buying healthy foods, cooking at home as often as you can, and choosing smart when eating out; with that said, expect to go off course at times. These times can and should be built into your plan on a regular basis and look like a weekly cheat meals, and special holiday treats.
80/20, a great rule to live by.
Move Your Body
Life gets extra hectic during the holidays so maintaining your exercise routine this time of year becomes more important than ever. Exercise will help you burn off some of those extra calories, plus is a great way to reduce stress.
All the other things you do to move your body will add up in a positive way too – parking further away from the shopping mall doors, taking your dog a longer walk, going for a walk on your lunch break and so on.
We live in a special place, enjoy the fabulous winter activities – when was the last time you went ice skating!?!
Give A Healthy Gift This Year
Health and happiness are the greatest gifts of all! I was surfing the internet and found this great terrific ideas for the kitchen:
- blender / Magic Bullet
- water bottles (with built-in filter, stainless steel)
- tea set (with variety of teas)
- cooking classes
- nuts & fruit baskets
- fresh fruit gifts
- food dehydrator
- lunch bag/cooler
- food scale
- healthy spices
- stainless steel measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- kitchen towels and dish cloths
- citrus zester
- heat resistant rubber spatulas
- stainless steel bowls
- roll parchment paper
- stainless steel baking sheet
- kitchen scissors
- wooden spoons
- vacuum food saver
- food processor
- table top mixer
- mortar and pestle
- knife sharpener
- rice cooker
- stainless steel pots
- gift certificate to a healthy restaurant.