There are times where my resolve is firm. I am going to eat healthy no matter what. No obstacle can stand in my way. The decision is set. Then within the next few days there comes a time when I start to go hungry. I skip a meal on accident or my intake is delayed. My blood sugar is low and my mind begins to play tricks on me. I start to think of all the reasons that I need something unhealthy and quick. I go into rationalization mode. Once with such a firm resolve and now with a weak will.
The difference for me is blood sugar. It plays with my mind, and actually affects my thoughts and my decisions. I am sure of this.
There was a recent study that took two groups of people and offered them either a small sum of money immediately or a larger sum of money at a later date. The study found that those who chose the immediate, less reward had lower blood sugar levels. The scientists theorized that it may be because people who experience lower blood sugar levels are in a state of need and chose immediately available choices. Although the study focused on money rewards there was much cross over in the information and how it related to poor immediate food choices.
"Intended Eating" is the act of eating in such a way that we stay in control.
We plan, we prepare and we continue on a path that we have set. I am a believer in 5-6 small meals a day. It is funny that I will read about certain diets that frown on the idea of the six meals. They advocate three meals...but with two snacks...well whether you call it a meal or a snack it is the same. Although I use both terms I like the term "meal" better because in my mind it means there has to be certain components (protein pairing) this will control blood sugar levels longer and help us to make better decisions to stay on the plan.
How do we prevent this?
Regular frequent meals, eating every 2-3 hours, plan and prepare ahead, keep bad foods out of reach and have some healthy quick grab goodies on hand that we can eat instead.
Happy Healthy Eating!
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