Earlier this week I posted an update to the Coach Carolyn Facebook page that read:
Your brain lives in a biological body and food fuels your willpower. Have a tough day ahead or a crazy-long to-do list? Be sure to feed your brain with healthy food!
Referencing again Baumeister and Tierney’s book Willpower, the “power” in willpower is glucose. Food. Nourishment.
Not caffeine? Dang!
So glucose – now you’re thinking SUGAR! An excuse to have more! Sorry, no. While sugary drinks and snacks will give you a quick willpower boost, it’s not going to be your best choice because, as you know, a sugar high is soon followed by a sugar crash. And that doesn’t do much for willpower, either.
The best choice? For this, I’ll directly quote Baumeister and Tierney:
To maintain steady self-control, you’re better off eating foods with a low glycemic index: most vegetables, nuts (like peanuts and cashews), many raw fruits (like apples, blueberries and pears), cheese, fish, meat, olive oil, and other “good” fats.
The incredibly good news is that when using willpower to eat better or diet, healthy food fuels our bodies – and our self-control – better than the high-carb junk that is being eschewed. Bonus!
This brings me to the end of my posts on willpower – but there is so much more! If you’re ready to not only boost your willpower but also really understand it, I highly recommend grabbing or downloading a copy of the book.
I find it empowering to know that I can have control over the growth and expenditure of my self-control. I hope you feel the same!