Fixing Decision Fatigue
Decision fatigue at mealtimes is real. Have you ever got to dinner time and had trouble deciding what you were going to eat as a family? You stare at the cupboard and fridge and struggle to make a decision. Then with the kids getting hungry and time getting away from you, you end up deciding on an unhealthy dinner because that is the easiest option. I have talked about decision fatigue in a previous blog post and in part 2 of this series I am going to help you to start fixing decision fatigue
Why is fixing decision fatigue important?
When we make a lot of small decisions during the day, tend to make poorer decisions as the day goes on. When you have decision fatigue you:
All of this means that if you have decision fatigue at mealtimes, you will either try and get other people, like your kids, decide on your meal. That is never a good idea! You are more likely to make an unhealthy meal choices. This is no issue when you don't have kids, bit when you have a fmaily to feed, you to be aware that decision fatigue is a thing and take steps to fix decision fatigue.
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Steps to Fixing Decision Fatigue at Mealtimes
There are a number of steps you can take to go about fixing decision fatigue at mealtimes:
1. Plan Each Day in the Morning: You have the least amount of decision fatigue in the mornings so working out what you are having for dinner in the morning is a great way to reduce the fatigue. You can check the pantry to make sure you have the ingredients and buy anything you need before you get home for the day.
2. Meal Plan for the Week: Even better than planning each morning is to plan meals for the week. Make sure you meal planning is done on the same day and same time each week to keep to routine.
3. Reduce the number of decisions: The more decisions you have to make the less likely you will make them. I tend to plan our meals around the veggies we get in the fruit and veg coop box each saturday. This means my choice is reduced because if I have a lot of eggplant then my meals will be eggplant based meals. Other people plan around the protein. For example, Monday's are vegetarian, Tuesdays are mince, Wednesdays are chicken etc.
4. Never make decisions when hungry: Studies have shown that when blood sugar levels go low, you cahnce of making a decision reduces. This is also why it is harder to make a decision in the evening, because you are probably hungry. Make sure any planning and shopiing is done after you have eaten.
5. Take a list shopping: It is not worth doing a beautiful meal plan and then going to the shops without a food list. The supermarket is overwhelming as we have so much choice. Take a shopping list and avoid making too many decisions when you are there.
Check out my video below which gives you more secrets to fixing decision fatigue at mealtimes