When we make a decision to put our trigger foods aside, remarkable things happen. That one healthy decision opens bandwidth in our brains for more meaningful decision making.
When we stop bingeing, the mental turmoil and conflict that go along with bingeing are reduced. When we have a concrete food plan, the plan decides for us what our meals are for the day. Our decision-making process becomes simple. Our minds are liberated.
It might sound overly simplistic, and in so many ways it is. It raises the question, How? Our founder, Molly Carmel, wrote a book called Breaking Up With Sugar. And we at Beacon provide a blueprint. Ask us for help. Easy decision right out of the gate!
We deserve the peace of mind. That happens when we are not figuring out how to sneak our binge foods or whether we should try that magic diet or the best way to exercise away our “cheat” day. Nothing to figure out! Decision fatigue is reduced and there is a ceasefire in our battle with old patterns.
Diet culture thrives on this battle with our food and our bodies. An estimated 45 million Americans go on diets each year. People in the U.S. spend $33 billion a year on weight-loss products. Yet nearly two-thirds of Americans remain overweight or obese. It is a war without winners.
But once we make the decision to live a healthier life, we are freed to make decisions about what’s really bothering us. Like, do we stay in a broken relationship? Or how can we overcome job stressors or health issues? When we are no longer using food as our refuge, we wake up. It’s like when you clean your glasses—and suddenly you see things more clearly. When the fog of decision fatigue lifts, we face our lives with clarity and deal with real decisions—the ones that help us grow.