Category Archives: Mind games

Making dietary decisions that ‘stick’

Why do some dietary edits “stick,” while others don’t? It’s been more than 2 years now since I’ve eaten French Fries — once among my most favorite foods — and I can’t even say that I miss them. Whereas I … Continue reading

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Putting a holiday treat to the Grinch test

Can Christmas come without a big red and green bag of Peanut M&Ms? A year ago, the prospect of going without a holiday treat dating back to childhood — when our stockings always contained a big bag we didn’t have … Continue reading

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The holiday sugar detox

We make 200 food decisions every day, according to this statistic I heard at Weight Watchers. The other night at Brent and Darcy’s baby shower, I probably made 2 dozen decisions about the cake alone. The first dozen or so … Continue reading

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Don’t forget ‘infinite pie’ for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I know what I’ll be having today after I get back from the Galloping Gobbler: an “infinite slice of pie.” Here’s how it works: 1. Take a dessert-size paper plate and draw a triangle representing the size of … Continue reading

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The telescopic view on willpower

Lately I’ve been working on what I like to think of as my “long view lens.” It’s a mental tool — a “visualization” in self-help speak — and basically it’s an imaginary lens that I slide into an imaginary slot … Continue reading

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Redefining the food groups

As far as I’m concerned, there are only three: munching foods, filling foods and treat foods. Each category contains both “good” and “bad” choices, but when you designate them into these groupings it clarifies your decision making. When I’m in … Continue reading

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Communicating with your brain

Like a baseball coach using hand signals to communicate with a batter, I sometimes tweak a simple snack — a banana folded like a hot dog into a slice of Healthy Goodness bread — to signal my brain as to … Continue reading

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Making mountains out of marshmallows

Lately I’ve been captivated by a famous psychology experiment called The Marshmallow Test. A psychologist at Stanford performed these tests on kids at his daughter’s preschool back in the late 60s and early 70s. The kids could choose from one … Continue reading

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Learning to care about your future self

So there’s this really interesting study out that suggests the reason people have trouble changing their behavior to aid their future selves is because that person feels like a stranger to them. “In fact, when we think about ourselves in … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting the infinite pie slice

I couldn’t wait to try another infinite pie slice experiment during Sunday’s  big family Easter get-together.  The dessert bar in Mom’s revamped kitchen was laden with a record number of yummy looking dishes, and I wanted to see how many … Continue reading

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