The Fifth Solution: A Flexible Plan for Health

5TH Solution: Flexible Plan for Health

My previous blogs have touched on the importance of a plan versus using will power.  In this blog, I would like to tackle this concept some more.  Healthy and happy people know that a plan is better than will power. Not so with unhealthy and unhappy people they (the unhealthy and unhappy people) convince themselves that their will power is all they need.  We all have tried using will power at some time in our lives; we know we just can’t hold out indefinitely.  If we want to experience lasting lifestyle change, we will need a plan on how to achieve this.

Psychologists have recognized that a plan connects specific actions to specific possibilities.  Preparing ahead or taking pre-emptive actions- is more useful and powerful than just relying on your will power.  Or according to psychologists, a pre-emptive action or preparing ahead is better than just have a good idea- (“I should stop eating high fat foods” or, “I should start working out”)

The fact that you have to think about how you will manage a situation that negatively impacts on your health, will start the brain making a connection to that  positive thought, and according to psychologists, will result in you taking the actions that you thought about.  This goes back to my previous blog on Awareness of daily actions

Emerson did say,” The ancestor to every action is a thought”.  So, let us use some real life examples of how to use pre-emptive actions. If you are scheduled to have a lunch date and you normally eat high fat foods, no vegetables or fruit and use a beer or two to wash it all down. Your pre-emptive action plan could be: I will have a garden salad to go with my burger and order a Perrier instead of a beer.  You will likely get some resistance from your lunch date or downright teasing.  Your pre-emptive action plan could be: When my lunch date comments on my choices: I will respond by saying, “my doctor told me to shape up or plan on shipping out early”.

Having a plan for how you want to live your healthiest and happiest life will require you to know your triggers. We all have them.   In my book, Solutions for Health, I write about how to wean yourself of emotional eating, how to get control over your weight, gain balance in your life to name a few.  The following is an example of a question from the workbook exercises in my book Solutions for Health:  From the chapter Solutions for emotional eating: Identifying eating triggers:

Where do most of your meals get eaten?

  • At home in front of the television
  • In a bedroom with a good book to read
  • In my car in between appointments
  • At the dinner table, savouring the meal

Just by identifying where you do most of your eating, you can start a plan that will help you conquer overeating.   For more invaluable information on solutions for health, please visit my website: http:///

Your weekly health coach,

Phyllis Reid-Jarvis, Dietititan (RD),Professional Certified Coach ( PCC)


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