Financial Resolutions For Healthy Eating

It's common to make diet-related New Year's resolutions only to find them gone within a few weeks.  An article from CBS' MoneyWatch.com uses financial terms to put resolutions in perspective.  Although the term may be foreign to you, the meaning behind them could be helpful in maintaining goals for healthy eating in 2011.  Here are the five concepts: Framing is useful in terms of seeing your goal in relation to possible scenarios.  Narrow framing allows oneself to think "this bowl of ice cream is okay because it's only one day." Author Steve Vernon suggests re-framing the situation using a broad perspective, thus realizing the consequence of eating that amount every day.

Visceral emotions use your emotions to put your diet in perspective.  When tempted to break the resolution, imagine someone who has struggled with unhealthy eating for a lifetime, and think about wanting to avoid that.  Then imagine someone who has done a good job of eating healthily, and imagine achieving that.

Anecdotal evidence is a fancy way of saying read positive stories about people eating and living healthily, not negative stories or advertisements that influence you to go back on your diet.  Read about a chef who has changed their life by cooking healthy foods, or a story about someone who lost weight by eating better.

Ambiguity aversion and competence means that we don't act on topics that we are confused about.  If you're confused about conflicting evidence for this super-food or that, just remember that simply prepared meals with whole foods is the best way to go.

Status quo bias keeps us from changing our habits, because we have the tendency to continue what we're doing now.  Challenge your unhealthy eating habits by reminding yourself of the future payoffs from eating healthfully.

Read the entire article here.