Why don’t I/you have more willpower? This is a common question among those of us who struggle with food. It helps to know that addiction is a disease, an abnormal response of the body and mind to a substance. At the same time, we do have to call on our willpower to help us in making the right choices because abstinence for food addicts is not abstinence from all food but only from trigger foods. In other words, we have to keep choosing instead of eliminating food all together.
One of my creativity coaches sent me the link to the article below. Her point for us was about creating an environment conducive to making art. But the article uses food as its main example and it’s perfect for us addicts too.
How to Stick with Good Habits Even When Your Willpower Is Gone https://jamesclear.com/choice-architecture