Make Good Choices

“Make Good Choices!” One of my favorite lines from Pitch Perfect 2. It’s only 3 words but it brings me back to my childhood where my mom’s voice would be in the back of my head asking me if this is a good choice or not.

Fast forward to my adult life, and I often find myself being the one to say “Make Good Choices!” to my clients. They laugh and go about their merrier little way, but I hope that it becomes the voice in the back of their head telling them to make good choices when it comes to their food choices!

Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 decisions each day (in contrast to a child who makes about 3,000).   I’m sure if you’re like me, you think this number is outrageous, but in fact, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007).

So with all of those decisions it makes sense why we struggle so much making healthy decisions. Here is my top 3 ways of getting past those temptations of making a “bad” choice.

  1. Stop and think about it. With 35,000 decisions to make each day I’m sure we do some mindless choosing. If you take a moment to actually stop and think, do I need this or do I want this? The need for something vs the want for something is one word that can make all the difference. I don’t need to have cake but I want it helps me determine whether or not it is conducive with my goals.
  2. Drink water. So often we confuse hunger pains and dehydration pains. (yes it’s a thing!) We assume we are hungry when in reality we just need some water. Our body is made up of 60-70% so it makes sense that our bodies crave it. But we often don’t recognize it as thirst, we assume its hunger. Drink 8-10 ounces of water and then decide if you really need that piece of cake!
  3. Exercise. Most people believe they need to have spent 1.5 hours in the gym but in the reality anything is better than nothing. You only have 15 minutes in your living room or 30-minute walk on the beach, just do it!

Let me know what your best tips are for making better choices!!