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Would You Eat The Marshmallow?

In 1972, Walter Mischel performed a famous experiment at Stanford University.

He sat children between the ages of 4 and 6 in an empty room with a marshmallow on the table.

The kids were told they could eat the marshmallow now if they wanted but, if they waited a little while, they would get 2 marshmallows instead.

The researchers left the kids alone in the room and watched…The results were amazing!

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Some kids ate the marshmallow straight away. Some waited a while then ate it.

About one third managed wait long enough to get the second marshmallow.

Most of the kids struggled to wait though. Some covered their eyes. Some hummed. Others created little distractions for themselves.

These kids got the payoff!

By delaying gratification, the children succeeded in getting more in the long term as opposed to the short term fix.

Funnily enough, the same children that were able to delay gratification were actually succeeding more in later life.

Mischel checked in over 10 years later with the 2 kids and found they were doing better academically and had better social skills.

 

So how does this relate to weight loss?

Remind yourself of what you truly want. You are here for the long game.
There will be discomforts along the way but in the end, the payoff is far greater than you could imagine.

Take a lesson from these kids. When you feel like the late night munchies are creeping up on you, create a distraction for yourself.

This can be anything from reading a book or even focusing on why you would rather not eat the entire block of tim tams.

Always ask yourself:

1. What do I want right now?

2. What do I want long term?

3. Is the sacrifice worth it?

4. Can I hold off for a few minutes? Chances are, 10 minutes from now, the munchies are gone.

The long game is the key.

 

Would you eat the marshmallow?

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Flourless Chocolate Brownies

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Ingredients for 12 brownies:

  • 1.5 can cannelini beans
  • 1/2 cup organic cacao
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 4 tablespoons Stevia or you can use honey.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • coffee beans to taste – perhaps just sprinkle these on top or use ground coffee. See note below in steps.
  • 1 cup organic cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips (dark chocolate would make a more decadent snack)

Steps:

  1. Set oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Mash beans or blend them.
  3. Mix in all of the ingredients except for coffee and cacao nibs – blend or mix.
  4. Mix in some of the coffee beans and nibs. (Note: I probably won’t use coffee beans again. They don’t create the best texture. Instead I would halve the amount of nibs and coffee I use and add dark chocolate chips.)
  5. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and pour in the batter.
  6. Add mixture to baking dish and sprinkle with nibs, beans, or chocolate chips.
  7. Bake in the oven for around 25-20 minutes and use a knife to test if it’s cooked. If the knife comes out dry, it’s cooked.
  8. Allow the brownies to cool to at least room temperature before initially cutting them.

Approximate macros for 1 of 12 brownies:

203 calories, 7g protein, 24g carbs, 12g fat, 6g fiber, 8g sugar

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