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Don't like potatoes? Good.

Andrew Taylor - Spud Fit | February 27, 2021

Ruby asks: “I really want to do the Spud Fit Challenge but I discovered that once I remove all sour cream, cheese and other junk from them, I don’t like potatoes!”

My answer: This is actually very exciting to me! Let me explain…

If you want to get better at running, you need to go running regularly. If you want to get stronger, you need to lift heavy things regularly. If you want to improve your guitar playing, you need to practice guitar regularly. If you want to learn to speak French fluently, you need to practice speaking French regularly.

See a pattern here?

In essence, The Spud Fit Challenge is about learning to consistently make the healthy choice rather than the fun choice. If we want to get better at making healthy choices in the face of cravings and temptation, we need to create situations that allow us to - you guessed it - practice! Eating boring food creates tension between the part of us that wants to  make emotional food choices and the part of us that wants to change to logic-based decision making. This tension is where progress is made. When we can learn to let go of the need for food to be exciting then we can reduce and eventually eliminate that tension so that healthy food choices become easy. 

So back to your question. If you don’t like potatoes to begin with, that’s great! You’re lucky because you don’t have to wait a few days or even a few weeks to get to the point where you don’t like them any more! You get to experience the tension from the beginning. Right from meal one, you can start proving to yourself that you are capable of making the right choice instead of the fun choice. 

Spud up!

Andrew

P.S. Join us now for Starchy Marchy, it's going to be huge!

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