Decisions, decisions…

It’s good to be back blogging after a week of vacation, even if Hurricane Irene made for some challenges.  Yesterday, with the power out, I was eating canned beans, canned salmon, and canned tomatoes.  Now that the power’s back, it’s time to cook… What to cook???

As I’ve often mentioned, I believe that “variety is the kiss of death” and that a wide variety of recipes are counterproductive to weight loss.  Rather, I believe that a focus on eating the same thing every day for at least one meal (breakfast for me) helps with weight loss.  If I KNOW what I’m going to eat, I’m not susceptible to temptation.  If I plan meals, cook meals, make a shopping list, or going shopping shortly AFTER eating a meal, I’m less likely to be tempted.  If when making my weekly schedule, I add in time to exercise, I’m more likely to get it done.

This week I will focus on some lessons and insights from an excellent article in last weeks NY Times Sunday Magazine entitled “Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?”  It suggests that we have a limited ability to make decisions, and that the more we make, the more stressed we get, which may make us eat more.  Stick with me this week on this one, please!

By JOHN TIERNEY Published: August 17, 2011

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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