I highly recommend the book Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney. It contains many psychological experiments scientifically proving the existence of willpower and how it affects us. The good news is that willpower is like a muscle, it can be strengthened through training; the bad news is, perhaps, the training is not easy to maintain, and that’s why most people fail. But without doubt, if you train yourself for smaller things, your willpower is going to be stronger, and you will find it easier in other aspects. I think this is what is meant by discipline leading to great character; a concept that was mentioned in the Bible, but I never understood it fully until now.
I have definitely felt the benefits over the past two weeks. I resolved to get up at 6:00 am every day and do a work out, and I did. At the very beginning it was a struggle to get up as I felt so sleepy. But after a few days, I found myself getting tired earlier in the evening so I go to bed earlier, and in the morning, I wake up right before the alarm clock beeps. It is amazing!
One of the things mentioned in the book is dieting. Actually short-term dieting doesn’t really work, and people have to use a lot of willpower to resist temptations when they’re on diet, and once they break the rule, it is easy for them to go on a binge and destroy all the effort they’ve put in previously. The correct way, is to target your craving and feed your body nutritional foods instead of stimulating foods. Stimulants are short-lived; however nutrition will provide you with a steady and long-term power fuel. And nutrition comes from the right kind of food, be it fresh, whole, or plant-based food, as organic as possible. The best way would be to gradually change your eating habits, by adding more and more healthy food into your diet, until you don’t need to remind yourself what to eat and what not to eat. Just like when people ask me, how I resist the delicious fried chicken drumsticks? My answer is: “They’re not food to me, I won’t eat it as I won’t eat plastic.” So, why don’t you start with small things, like adding this simple salad to your diet, as small changes will become big changes later. ;)
Health Index: 5/5 (Everyday food, highly recommended)
Kitchen Gadgets: None
1 green pepper
2 stalks of cilantro
2 tbsp French wholegrain mustard paste
1 tbsp agave nectar
sea salt to taste
freshly grounded black pepper
1. Slice the cucumber. Cut the zucchini lengthwise, then slice it. Shred the carrot and the green pepper. Chop the cilantro. Cut the tomato into 10 wedges.
2. Mix all the veggies in a big salad bowl.
3. Mix the mustard and agave nectar together and sprinkle it over the salad, add sea salt and pepper to taste.
4. Alternatively, you can lay out the veggies on a plate, add a dollop of mustard on top the of tomato, drizzle the agave nectar around, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Visually it’s more appealing!