When You Are “Just Too Tired” to Eat Healthy
Fatigue is no fun! Many of us are able to maintain our diets for the majority of the day, only to lose it when we become too tired and/or physically exhausted.
This is not our imagination either, there are countless studies which suggest that willpower dwindles as we make decisions throughout the day and is further degraded by physical fatigue. Moreover, sleep deprivation and fatigue tend to increase levels of Ghrelin, the “let’s eat” hormone. In fact, people who get 4 or fewer hours of sleep per night may consume as much as 22% more calories per day on average!
The first thing to do when you realize you’re experiencing “fatigue cravings” is to take a time out. Stop making decisions. Stop trying to be productive. Take a deep breath. Step away from any and all “input” (people, places, and things which want something from you) for at least five minutes. Take another breath. Say “I always use the present moment to be healthy.” Take another breath.
Second, utilize standard delay tactics. Rather than running to buy and/or eat what you’re craving, write it down. Include the specific type of food you’re craving, where you would get it, and how much of it would it take to satisfy you. Take another breath.
Then project yourself into the future about 30 minutes after you finished eating it. What do you see? How does the future you feel? How’s your digestion? Your self-esteem and emotional outlook on things? Take another breath.
Now ask yourself what you could eat that would change that future picture for the better. Specifically where would you get it, how much would you have, and how would you feel afterwards? Take an even deeper breath and sigh it all out.
In addition to this technique you can also take preventative measures. For example, if you didn’t get enough sleep and/or know you’re going to have an exhausting day, try extra hard to make all your food decisions in the morning when your willpower is strongest. Pack up your food in Tupperware and baggies and have it all sitting and waiting for you later when you know you’ll be fatigued.
And consider a rule which says “I will never go to bed again without writing down a hypothetical food plan for the next day.” Even though the plan is hypothetical and you have the right to flexibly change it if you need to, the act of thinking it through and writing it down forces you to see any upcoming trouble spots and allows you to plan for same.
Last – try to get more sleep, I know it’s easier said than done but it’s important!
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