Usually, our nutritional problems aren’t caused by a lack of knowledge. It’s usually us not following through on what we know we should do. For example; You know that a piece of fruit is a better snack than a chocolate bar. You know that a glass of water is better for you than a cup of orange juice. You know you should eat more fruit and vegetables. You know that can of red bull isn’t doing your heart any good. Yet we continue to do it. Why? The main reason we struggle with nutrition is because of poor behaviours – not a lack of knowledge. One way to fix this issue is to change your environment.
John Berardi – owner of Precision Nutrition, has a great rule: “If a food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate, will eventually eat it.” Humans only have a limited supply of willpower. You might exhaust your willpower during the day. You fight your food cravings until night hits and then you find yourself binging on a pint of Ben n Jerry’s. It’s common, don’t worry. So what do we do? #1 Make the healthy products visible and easy to access #2 Make the unhealthy products invisible and hard to access If you want to start eating more fruit. Have a fruit bowl located in the middle of your kitchen table. When you’re hungry, you’ll see the fruit and eat that. If you have donuts floating around the house, make them hidden and hard to reach. You could take the packet of donuts and put it downstairs in the garage. It sounds simple, but just by increasing the number of steps it takes to complete the unhealthy behaviour the more likely you are to follow through with the good behaviour. This way, the only time you should have to rely on willpower is at the supermarket. If you don’t buy the unhealthy foods at the shops, then you can’t eat them when you’re at home. To help with this – try eating before you go shopping - you’ll be full and you’ll buy less junk. If we can prevent ourselves from buying the shitty food at the store, then our home environment will be more conducive to healthy habits. #one22