Hone Your Decision-Making Skills To Optimize Nutrition
Nutrition Apr 28, 2016
Hone Your Decision-Making Skills To Optimize Nutrition

Decision-making isn’t merely something that you need to work on in times of crisis. In fact, we all make a lot of decisions everyday. These may be small decisions, such as what to wear or what to eat. However, the small decisions add up in the long run.

You can build your decision-making power by starting with the little things and moving on to the big ones. Here are a few tips:

What Does Common Sense Suggest?

Even in terms of something really simple like what to eat for dinner, there are a number of confusing options. There are many different sources who all emphasize different things. Some of them might advise you to eat more protein while others emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables. What do you do if you can’t decide between various options which are being recommended by different people?

One good way to make your decision is to ask yourself: what does common sense suggest? What does an ideal diet consist of, in the moment and in the long run? We all know that it’s a good idea to eat a balanced diet consisting of carbohydrates, protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and just a little bit of fats. So you can make your decision based on this.

Can You Break a Large Decision into Baby Steps?

Another great way to make your decisions is by breaking them up into smaller ones. Once again, let’s take the example of food. Rather than deciding that you’re going to eat healthy at every meal for the rest of your life, you can start by making a decision to eat healthy at your next meal. This is much less of a commitment, so it doesn’t feel like too much pressure.

If you tend to worry a great deal, you should ease into your change by trying to make one decision at a time. Try not to think about yesterday or tomorrow. Just focus on the present and the decisions for that day.

How can you make the best fitness and health-related decisions today? What would it be good to eat and drink at breakfast, lunch and dinner? How can you squeeze in some exercise into your busy day? Just thinking about what you can do today can help to relieve your anxiety.

Can You Actually Enjoy Eating Healthy?

We might cook, clean, go to work and go to the gym because we know it’s good for us but do it without feeling any enthusiasm for these activities. However, it’s difficult to keep doing the things that are good for you if you aren’t enjoying yourself in the long run.

So whenever you make a decision, try to do it in a way that evokes good feelings. If you’re trying to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, you could make them fruits and vegetables that you enjoy eating. Prepare your food with spices that you like. Enjoy a glass of heart-healthy red wine with balanced dinner.

If you love Thai food, try to cook it at home in a healthy way, with low fat coconut milk and less oil instead of indulging in takeout. If you enjoy mozzarella and tomato sandwiches, make them with low fat cheese and whole grain bread with just a drizzle of olive oil and fresh basil. The options are endless when it comes to eating what you want and making it good for you.