I think we all have some kind of equilibrium in us that has developed probably during our childhood (or are we even born with it?)
Our equilibrium covers a lot of things about us:
- When we prefer to wake up and go to sleep.
- When we prefer to eat during the day and how often.
- What we prefer to eat.
- When we can focus best during the day.
- What we do when we have nothing to do.
- How we behave.
- And much more.
We can be forced out of our equilibrium in a certain area due to circumstances like travel, sickness, other people's influence, etc.
But, I feel we'll naturally gravitate back to it eventually.
Here's how I noticed that.
My husband is Indian, and I've spent a lot of time with his family. Of course, we've been eating Indian food, and I enjoyed it very much, especially when everything was still new for me. But after a while, my body started craving the food I've grown up with (western) and literally stopped liking Indian food. Back to the equilibrium.
Same for the eating times. Indians eat very late, and I had to adapt to that. But the longer I was forced to eat late, the more I was developing an aversion against it. Now, I'm back to eating at my own times and much happier.
So, I think there's a lot we can change about ourselves. However, fighting certain ingrained preferences probably won't work. Rather, we can listen to ourselves and find workarounds.