Rather than thinking of foods as “good” or “bad,” we should reframe the question to: “Is this particular food suited to my goals at this time?” Are you aiming to eat for health or are you aiming to eat for body composition? This does two things. Firstly, it acknowledges and reinforces your goal. Secondly, it then puts that food/meal in the context of your goal.
How much are you willing to sacrifice in the short-term, for long term satisfaction? We all chase after things we think will make us happier now. But how often do you question whether an action is going to be the best decision for you in the long-term? In certain circumstances, the quickest route to contentment isn’t always the most beneficial for us overall. The concept of sacrificing something immediately satisfying for the potential benefits of something greater in the long-term is known as delayed gratification. It’s all well and good to be aware of the concept of delayed gratification, but how do you get better at it then? Well it’s not easy - just like a muscle being trained, you can develop your ability to do it. But just like training muscles, it’s not miraculously fixed overnight. Here are several, actionable ways to work on improving it.