Today, I’d like to share a tip on how to change your eating habits. It deals with the concept of self-experimentation.
Self-experimentation is where you try one method of eating and see how it works for you. The ultimate goal that we’re looking for is a body that has energy, mental clarity and feels good in general.
For the self-experimentation, check in one hour after eating and ask yourself how you feel anytime you’re doing a certain behavior.
For example, if you go a long between meals and you get really hungry, recognize how that feels. Recognize how you eat, which is probably too fast. Recognize the volume that you eat, which is probably too much, and then recognize how you feel one hour afterward.
Self-experimenting is important when you’re trying to change to the you that you remember or want to be, and you want to do it through a diet change, you have to do two things. You have to create a new habit and you have to find what works for you. There’s the habit, problem and a matching problem that you have to address.
The best way to find what works for you is to self-experiment with various diets. You can read a new diet book. But don’t read it and think, “This is it! I do this and magically, everything is going to work out.” You need to read with the ideal that you are uniquely different than anyone else reading that book.
No one has your work schedule, whether you are a mom chasing your kids around, or you’re a truck driver or a shift worker or whatever it may be. Nobody is living or walking in your shoes. They have different taste, different cultural sensitivities, different cultural eating habits, different food sensitivities, and different genetics. No one can tell you exactly how to eat; you need to self-experiment.
We have a book, Tools for Success, which discusses some very basic eating habits that you can download for free. The book walks you through a good starting place to self-experiment and see how that works for you. The basics are not eating breakfast, not eating every three to four hours, eating mostly plants and drinking water. It goes into much more detail than that.
I want you to keep in mind that you need to create new eating habits if you want to find the you that you remember, then you have to find what works for you. You have to find what matches for you. You have to find what works for your lifestyle and you will do that by self-experimenting.
After you find what works, say, it’s a certain volume, then try eating more than that volume. Do a provocative test and remind yourself how horrible that feels and how that is not where you want to be. With repetition and time, and finding what works, as well as doing provocative tests, you will keep coming back to what works because you have more energy, mental clarity and your body will feel the best.