What Motivates and Determines Your Dietary Choices?

I am standing in the kitchen and my teeth hurt. I don’t know if it’s because I grinded my teeth in my sleep or if drinking some alcohol or if not eating green vegetables or what it could be, but my teeth are sensitive and I want to eat something without hurting them, but I’m also hungry and don’t have all the options I’m used to having and I’m kinda thinking I might eat something not that healthy.

Why would I allow myself to eat something unhealthy? Why, despite realizing there’s a problem that might be caused by eating unhealthy, am I willing to potentially pick up the exact same thing and eat it again?

The above question is one that must go on for so many people everytime they eat complete junk food one minute and are unhappily checking the scale the other. (By the way, don’t check the scale if you don’t love your body).

It led me to this question: “When do we choose to eat purely for health?”

My answer surprised me. NEVER.

We never eat purely for health.

Why? Because healthy food tastes good. So when you choose to eat it, the choice might not feel like “Oh I’m doing it to be healthy?”

What I’m trying to point out is the idea that “eating for health” seems like the boring decision sometimes. It’s like hmm can I eat something exciting like toast and cheese and sauces and so forth or can I eat lettuce and bananas. And the excitement pathway lights up more for the spices and sauces and so forth, but something quiet and peaceful knows about the simple things.

If you want to lose weight by eating better, consider how you’re making your decisions and let things change. Let yourself eat the healthy food first and then see if you still want the other stuff.

I think it would be better to eat more calories healthy food + unhealthy food than to just eat unhealthy food.

I struck out unhealthy because maybe we can forget about these distinctions and just be intelligent.

THAT BEING SAID, don’t think that everything is suddenly good for you, but yes there have come times and places where eating food that have health costs seemed worth it.

But are they? Would I really have had a worse life if I only ate what’s nutritionally superior?

Probably not.

The important thing is to make sure you actually eat enough and get your nutrition.

No mature person with knowledge of nutrition laments a lack of bubble-gum or diet soda in their diet regimen because they know those substances have no value and there’s no way they could necessitate them.

In other words if you know it’s not necessary, it’s easy to not eat it.

You need to eat though, so if you feel like you don’t have healthy food and you won’t get it within the time frame of your acceptable hunger, then eating less healthy food seems like a reasonable choice.

Perhaps it is.

But to really thrive and achieve higher levels of performance, we can’t leave things to chance and just let whatever’s in the fridge determine the fate of our fitness.

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