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Why eating is like a credit card?

Eating is like spending with a credit card!

It's Monday and many of us need to get back on track after celebrating this weekend.

It's okay, it's part of life. It's not the first time and it won't be the last time.

Roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done. You know, the pesky meal prep and a little planning. Come on, it's not that hard, just do it like all the other things you already do so awesomely in life. There is a phenomenon known as “mental accounting.” Mental accounting refers to the tendency of humans to develop and make decisions based on purely mental categories. This happens in finances a lot. It also happens when we lose awareness of our food intake. If we are not careful, mental accounting can sabotage our success. We all remember the days when we endure the calorie deficit. It was uncomfortable and hard. It’s seared into our brain. It even happens when on our deficit days we decide to eat only food that we enjoy. And sometimes that food we enjoy happens to also fuel our body in a healthy way. But we often want more! But we forget the extra little delicious bites here and there. We eat yummy things and forget to account for them. Not necessarily on purpose. We honestly forget. It was just an apple. It was just a small handful of nuts. It was just a couple bites of some cake, or a bagel, or whatever. But sometimes we have rebellious eating episodes. Our emotions get the better of us. Other times it’s just the stress of life that gets the better of us. So we eat more than we need. We are looking for comfort. So we lose track of the accounting. In finances this is the greater willingness to pay for goods when using credit cards than cash. The calorie deficit days are the cash spending days. We feel it. It’s hard. The over eating days are the credit card spending days. We consume more than we need and we don’t feel it. Or we rationalize it with our mental accounting. This is why we find ourselves thinking there is something wrong with us. Be patient with yourself. Accuracy and consistency with tracking will overcome. If you need help, reach out and ask! 💙💚 I'm in the app with my people and you are welcome to join.

Let's make this a fantastic Monday and plan to do so the rest of the week, no matter what!!!!

Roberta #nibblesfitness

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