Ep #8: Making Decisions Ahead of Time
Today we’re talking about how you can make decisions ahead of time to set yourself up for success. Yep, it sounds easy – but it can be much more challenging than you think. I’m going to pull back the curtain on the decision making process and talk about how your food journal will help make healthy choices ahead of time.
Our brains make decisions differently when we’re calmly planning ahead (using our prefrontal cortex) versus making impulse judgments (sprinting to the office because we’re on-call). Deciding what to eat ahead of time will reduce brain chatter and decision fatigue, and keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
While it’s important to make these commitments to yourself, the most critical piece of the puzzle is honoring them. If you’re used to breaking promises to yourself, whether they be about food, exercise, or self-care, this will be hard at first. But you can re-condition your brain to rebuild trust with yourself about your decisions and commitments.
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In Today’s Episode, You’ll Learn:
- Why it’s critical for us to food journal and gather concrete data about our eating habits.
- How making food-related decisions ahead of time allows us to leverage our rational brain rather than our primitive one.
- What writing out your meals the day before might look like, and the impact you’ll feel right away.
- Why it’s perfectly normal for you to get mad at your yesterday-self for telling you what to eat – and why you’ll thank her (or him) later.
- How becoming fat-adapted can help you if you’re in a pinch and need to skip a meal.
- The importance of making and respecting commitments to yourself.
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