From Oatmeal to Beer? Exhausted Willpower!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This article from today's Globe and Mail draws on recent research to help explain why so many of us start out with good intentions every morning . . . and pig out most every night!
Will power is a muscle that gets exhausted by the end of the day.
Worse than that, "being good" early on in the day results in "moral licensing" to be . . . not so good by supper time and afterwards.
So what can we do? Plan our eating in advance when our willpower is strongest: in the morning for the rest of the day, on Sunday night for the rest of the week.
And deliberately create new habits (carrots instead of chips) to replace old habits . . . because temptation is less tested when operating from basal ganglia habit rather than from prefrontal cortex will power.
I found this really helpful . . . hope you do too.
And gotta say, for me it's more likely to be wine than beer!!