Why People Eat Poorly
Why Do People Eat Poorly?
Is it because they don’t know what “healthy” and “Nutritious” food is? Really doubt it!
If I took a large group of random people to a grocery store and had them fill their carts with the “good” food, I bet they could do it. Seriously, most people pretty much know which foods are healthy or good for them.
Then why are so many people sick from chronic, preventable diseases? Why are these people sedentary and hauling around extra body fat?
Why aren’t these people constantly putting all those nutritious, health-promoting, life-enriching foods into their grocery carts—or in their bodies?
Because just knowing stuff isn’t enough to actually do stuff.
We like to think that we think. Meaning, we assume we make rational informed choices, logically weighing all available options. We also assume that we make our decisions by reasonably thinking them through.
However, there is a stronger power at work. Research has shown that most of our decisions are automatic, based on patterns and quick-fix shortcuts. Our brains quickly process a few instant impulses and select from a recognizable menu of options.
We ignore stuff we don’t like or want to see, then go chase shiny objects. In other words, our brains act like a “fast food restaurant”—go to the place that’s appealing, speed through the drive-thru, pick the favorite item (or items), then speed off to the next snap decision this world we live in now requires.
So, actually we don’t think much when we think we are thinking!
We follow patterns, cues, habits that have become engrained in us.
Your decisions are shaped more than you realize by your foundation—what surrounds you!
- Your friends and peeps
- The social environment you’re in
- Your culture
- Your kitchen
- Your grocery habits
- Your daily routine
As we know, changing how you think and how you feel is hard.
However, you can actually make change much easier by simply changing your environment—taking your brain off autopilot.
By just changing what’s around you in small ways, you can make changes without even thinking about them.
But you will need more than just “willpower”—you will also need “skill power”!