The lies about willpower & discipline
I believed it for a long time, despite what my lived experience proved. Through ditching dieting and keeping more / all foods available and as options, I’ve experienced them losing power, slowly but surely.
See, we’ve been taught that we will behave one way when tempted by *forbidden* foods, but reality plays out differently.
When we are fed and satisfied, and faced with an abundance of formerly *forbidden* options that we know we can have anytime we want, THEY LOSE POWER.
What’s missing from the conversation around so-called hyper palatable foods is the behavior patterns we have when we are constantly hungry (starving, even) and deprived versus those we have when we are well-fed and in abundance.
The ice cream, chips, and cookies lose power.
This doesn’t mean we won’t and don’t eat them. It does mean we don’t feel like *we can’t control ourselves around them*. I say that with emphasis because it’s a line many of us have likely spoken before.
When I can have it at anytime, I often want it much less than when I could rarely (or never) have it.
What about you?
Note that this process takes time. And I am in the thick of it myself. But the more I experience it firsthand, the more I believe it.
The most powerful way I’ve found to stop dieting is to simply eat to full satiety whenever I’m hungry. A radical notion, I know. But if you know, you know.