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Dec 16, 2018 18:26:18


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Brian Ball

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I woke up this morning, feeling sluggish. I know exactly why. It was a heavy dinner. The dessert was especially heavy. Butterscotch pudding that tasted like caramelized sugar and butter and cream.

To say I regret it isn't entirely accurate. Part of me knew there would be a price to pay. The morning after, another part of me wonders why I would ever consider making that trade-off?

I've read before that if you make rules for yourself, your brain can follow them. I have a rule that dessert is enjoyable. I suppose, if I had a rule that dessert is for losers or that dessert makes you feel sluggish the next morning, I might not be willing to trade an hour of sluggishness the next morning for a few minutes of pleasure in the moment.

Children don't know that eating things will affect their biochemistry. They don't know they'll get hyped beyond control or they'll be mentally dragging the next day. But, as adults who have many eating experiences, we know how things like food and alcohol and exercise and rest affect our mood and our feelings.

Many of our decisions have a net negative effect, but we're willing to trade them for pleasure in the moment. It's entirely irrational. Maybe it comes from an ancient part of our brains that we don't control well.

Would I like it to be different? I guess I might. I also notice, however, that I can use that sluggish feeling as a new challenge to overcome. I can just push through it and get busy with my daily routine. On many levels, that introduces novelty and my brain definitely likes that.

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    @brianball Delayed gratification is a fascinating topic! Pavlov's dogs' study shows that we are also conditioned to seek instant pleasure.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 16, 2018 19:04:51
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      @basilesamel - speaking of dogs -- there are those trained dogs that can resist a piece of meat thrown at them -- and they just do what they're trained to do. That's more akin to the brain-rules I mention. Good comment to stimulate further thinking.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Dec 16, 2018 19:10:02
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