As is with most great blog post ideas (even if I say it myself), this too came while having a chat with one of my clients last week. He’s been trying to find ways to curb down his sugar consumption and was able to do so with a very simple shift in mindset.
The majority of my clients have highly stressful and demanding jobs. He is no different. And with demanding and stressful job comes long hours and, as is the case with this particular client, an excessive amount of frequent flying. So if you are now thinking that your work is too busy and therefore this client’s solution doesn’t work for you, I can tell you that you are probably not as busy as he is.
For the love of a donut
He loves donuts (then again, who doesn’t?) We were talking over how he has been able to curb down his sugar consumption by simply adding a question of “is this reward worth the consequences”. He is not asking the question to guilt him out of eating the donut, but to question if the brief moment shared with donut brings enough pleasure to justify the post-donut eating effects.
He went on to explain, and I am paraphrasing here, “even if I cut the donut into small pieces and eat it slowly it will only take me one or two minutes to eat it. So I am thinking to myself, are those few minutes worth the sluggish feeling I have to deal with afterwards?”
Lately he has come to almost dislike the taste of sweet because of what it reminds him of. Essentially he has tied a loop between the taste of sweet and the fact that it will make him feel sluggish. He still loves the sweet stuff, but not what it does to him. Which makes him question this whole situation involving donuts.
I am blown away by the simplicity of the whole thing. And when the idea comes from a client himself it’s when it is 100 times more effective than if I would’ve recommended it. Because it means that the person has the ownership of the decision, they’ve thought of it through. Instead of me handing out orders for someone about what they should do with their eating.
Wouldn’t you rather make the donut time “a moment”
Here’s something else to think about when you are reaching out for a snack at work, a treat after dinner, or like my client, stopping for a quick donut. Would you rather have a treat when alone, busy, occupied with work and not paying proper attention to the taste? Scoffing down a donut for the dancing sugar high on your taste buds lasting less than a minute or two. Immediately followed by a hit of lethargy and a feeling of yuckiness (it’s a word, get over it).
Or would you rather sit down for a coffee with your buddy, both savoring a donut and sharing a moment together involving a deep and meaningful conversation? Obviously if the donut still gives you a feeling of utter shittiness afterwards you probably want to eat something else altogether. Just a thought.
There is nothing wrong about eating donuts, but if it’s gone in 60 seconds without a further enjoyment, is it really worth it?