Do you need to go on a decision detox?
Now, as you know I absolutely love finding out new things that get me totally fired up and last year I watched two documentaries that totally blew me away.
They were That Sugar Film (trailer below) and Fed Up.
Oh, and psst.. just a little warning. Before you hop on over to iTunes and hit download be sure to keep your lap and sofa free from the following: toffee syrup coated popcorn, cheesy pizzas and chocolate bars. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you).
Well, after watching both films, Drew and I were buzzed about cutting out all kinds of foods from our diet.
Although both documentaries inspired us to eliminate processed foods and refined sugars as much as possible.
The truth was I was already on somewhat of a health kick as I had stopped eating meat, gluten and dairy earlier in the year for lent.
Now, fret not, I’m not about to harp on about the benefits of eating whole organic foods because you already know this and plus it’s not my style.
But truth be told, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having more energy, more patience, less brain fog and no bloating.
But that wasn’t all. I was mostly excited about how easier my day-to-day decisions regarding food had become.
Reducing what I put into my mouth simplified my choices. This made the decisions I was making around food less stressful and time-consuming.
Let me just jump off and share something that I learnt the other day.
Did you know that there’s such a thing as decision fatigue? Yup, that’s right.
According to some scientists we have only a finite amount of decision-making energy per day.
That’s why, by the end of the day – if you’re like me – you’re totally spent and can’t be arsed to make another fricking choice.
This is because you’ve been draining your tank throughout the day and by the evening you’re practically running-on empty.
This is also why we tend to make “less smart” decisions at the end of the day. You know the ones like, ordering take-away instead of cooking a meal, having a beer instead of making a juice, watching tv instead of exercising and I could go on and on.
So, in modifying my diet and stripping it back to mostly plant based foods, I began to experience physical and mental benefits.
I had far more mental energy because I had far less choices to make.
It sounds over the top to say this but it really did transform my life.
I think in our overly competitive, commercialist and consumer driven world we live in we are told that having more choice is a good thing and in some rare cases that might be true.
And for the most part I disagree. I stand by the old adage that less is more.
Now, if you’re a Pearl Grace follower then you’ll know that I’m passionate about living as ethical a-life as I can.
That’s meant that over the past few years I’ve significantly reduced how much “stuff” I have and buy.
Only when something is falling part – quite literally – do I replace it. And even then, I spend a considerable amount of time deciding if I need a new one at all.
People say life is a game of chance but I think it’s a game of choice.
Our lives are the sum total of all the choices we make: Who we marry, where we live, what we eat, what we wear, what we say, what we read, what we listen to, the friendships we make, the people we admire, the values we live by, the person we choose to be, etc etc.
Our lives are the accumulation of all the choices/decisions we make.
So let us not be complacent about the seemingly small choices that we make because the truth is they are responsible for the big wins or losses we experience throughout our lives.
Even those little insignificant decisions like buying your coffee every morning instead of saving your pennies and making it at home might seem so irrelevant in the moment. But over the years that act alone could make all the difference between whether you can afford that dream house or not.
I know I sound a little dramatic but it’s true.
Choose wisely and you can experience some incredible things in your life. Choose poorly, and eh, well, maybe not so much.
So, here’s my challenge to you:
Where in your life can you limit your choices and make easier decisions?
It might be in the area of food, like me or it might me with your spending habits or with your exercise programme.
Whatever it is, pick an area and then I suggest you go on a 10-day decision-making detox. Go on give it a try. The outcome might surprise you and everyone else around you.
Now, I know some of you might be a little sceptical about this. Or perhaps you think that you’ve got a handle on your decision-making habits. So, here’s something for you guys. Treat it as a gentle reality check…
Here are the types of decision-making battles we face on a daily basis. Now, be sure to answer honestly….
- The alarm goes off… Do you wake up or hit snooze?
- In the morning… Do you read, meditate, exercise, practice yoga or watch the news and read the paper?
- Before noon… Do you work on your writing and top priority or check your emails and hop on social media?
- And here’s the clincher if you do go on social media before you’ve even brushed your teeth (shame on you)… Then do you feel torn over whether you should go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest? (Now, that’s a real dilemma. Urgh.)
You see, the choices we feel we have to make can feel so important in the moment when in reality their not.
By limiting the choices you make today you will have limitless freedom in your future tomorrows. @PearlGraceLife Heck, I like that, let’s make that our tweetable!
Alright, guys and girls, it’s over to you.
What aspect of your life could benefit from a decision-making detox? Where could you limit your choice and attain more physical, mental, emotional and spiritual freedom?
Please share your thoughts and intentions in the comments below.
Thanks for your continued love and support,
Love Nat x