It is easy, however, easier to see repetition with our food choices.
With my kids’ nutrition, I have three behaviors I model.
#1. Remove friction for good decisions.
Much of our learning happens by repeating what’s presented.
The path of least resistance is a useful tool when used with purpose.
#2. Do not make binges fun.
I know ALL about this!
As an ultra endurance athlete, I had a lot of fun with binge training. For my brief period of being really, really fast… removing the binges was a key part of my coach’s strategy for me. Fatigue is a geometric process!
Most societies, and families, have a tradition of feasting. In an environment of abundance, training myself to overeat does not work. Most especially, when coupled with positive emotional feedback.
In the language of finance… my meal choices are not independent from each other => habit energy runs strong in my wise/unwise selections.
With the kids… never give positive emotional feedback, and in-the-moment attention, to overeating.
Later… I get a chance to listen to them… then add… “try to learn from what you just told me”.
To help our family members with “appetite”, we always start with nutrient dense foods.
I am binary in many areas of my life – not having to decide gives me energy to apply elsewhere.
With food, binary isn’t an option => we gotta eat every day and the better our choices, the better our outcome.
The final area where we offer guidance, and make an effort ourselves, is with portion control of energy dense choices (bread, noodles, sugars, starches, desserts).
We’re OK with the kids eating anything – we’re gluten friendly, could care less if they eat meat, take good care of our vegan pals, have a choice of dairy/non-dairy milks… in Boulder, we can handle any kid.
There is no choice to make on household dogma.
You simply need to be willing to eat real food.
Fill up on the good stuff, first.
Then have some of whatever else you’d like.
- Remove friction
- Don’t celebrate binges
- Good stuff first