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!!