05 May Crowding Out Strategy
Diet doesn’t work. Period.
I’m sure you’ve tried ‘dieting’ and can testify it yourself.
The question – is it sustainable? Can you see yourself doing this for the next 10-20 years.
Otherwise, there is a high chance that you revert to your old habit ways.
What comes up when you think about eating healthy?
Cut out food you love.
Just live on veggies and broccoli.
Cannot eat this.
Cannot eat that.
It sucks joy out of life, isn’t it? What’s there to live?
So sad, right.
You know, this SHOULDN’T be the case.
Eating well should be FUN while enjoying your favourite foods.
Really? Is that even POSSIBLE? HOW?
What I’m going to share is GENIUS. It worked so well for me because I’ve done this countless times.
This concept is called –
:: CROWDING OUT ::
I learnt this brilliant idea during my nutrition studies, it’s incredibly simple and do-able!
Why didn’t I think of that!?!?
Instead of going on a strict diet, you actually add MORE foods into your diet.
That’s right. Eat more.
You simply BEGIN eating healthier foods like fruits and veggies ON TOP OF what you’d usually eat.
The KEY idea is that you eat healthier foods first, and then allow yourself to have less healthy food.
The rationale to this is you fill up on the good stuff first because your stomach can only hold a certain amount which leaves less room for other foods.
Over time, the more you eat healthy foods, the more you’ll seek out for them.
Your taste buds will gradually change, preferring natural sweetness as opposed to processed foods.
And before you know it, you’ve changed your habit!
Instead of a ‘no, you can’t eat this and that’, which results in more resistance, justification and self-hatred, say the phrase-
I’ll have it later.
And even if you decide that you want that piece of cookie, that’s okay. It is better off than having 10 cookies at the start.
On occasions of knocking off work late at night where willpower tank goes to zilch, I crave for supper and my go-to-food is cup noodles. Instead of having a duel in my mind whether to eat or not, I told myself that I’ll have it later after finishing the kiwi or whatever fruits I have in the fridge and sip on warm water.
Guess what?! It totally satisfied my cravings and I didn’t even feel like eating noodles anymore. This works even better after a nice warm shower!
The bottom line is this – if you feel like eating healthy is just too much of work and terrifying, at the same time you don’t want to surrender your cookies and cakes, I hear you. You do not need to remove anything just yet, all you need to do is start adding some veggies, fruits and water in your meals.
Baby steps with consistency.
And you’ll see the magic of CROWDING OUT!
P.S. Reading isn’t enough –when it comes to your personal health, you need to put it in action.
Hope you’ll join me in this journey. Let’s work towards a healthier lifestyle so that you can continue doing the things that are meaningful in your life.