Decision Fatigue at Mealtimes
I recently asked my kid's what they wanted for lunch. Of course they gave me 2 different answers and couldn't agree! I don't make separate meals, so I have no idea why I asked my kid's what they wanted to eat, because they were never going to agree. I posted this #mumfail on instagram and one of the wise mums on instagram (Kayla @thefamilyfoodproject) told me I probably asked my kid's what they wanted to eat as I had decision fatigue. In this blog post and video I chat about decision fatigue at mealtimes
What is Decision Fatigue?
I had not heard this term before but wanted to see if it is actually a thing, turns out decision fatigue is real. There have been a lot of studies showing that people who make decisions all day tend to fatigue throughout the day. They then start going with the easiest decision (even if it is not the right one) and their willpower also drops. This means that I may have asked my kids what they wanted to eat because this was the easiest option and my willpower to make my own decision had reduced throughout the day.
Does Decision Fatigue Affect Meal Planning
I will admit that there are no studies out there saying that the reason we have issues deciding on meals at night is because of decision fatigue but to me this makes so much sense! As mum's we are making small decisions all day. This is because we are not only deciding things for ourself but also the tiny humans we are looking after. As you all know kids do not come with a manual so we have to decide the best way to riase them and keep them happy and healthy. If I leave it until the evening to decide what we are having for dinner I tend to make poorer choices for the family. I also stuggle when we decide to have takeaway as I never know what I feel like. I also thought this was my indecisiveness but maybe I have just tired from making decisions ALL day!
What Can You Do About Decision Fatigue?
In part 2 of my series about decision fatigue, I am going to tell you the ways we can combat this to help us to make better choices at mealtimes. In the mantime, check out my video below which talks more about decision fatigue and some experiments about decision fatigue.