Have you ever heard someone say “if I just won the lottery, everything would be great?” The lottery mindset; that is, the idea that winning a bunch of money for doing nothing (except buying the ticket) will be the panacea to all life’s problems, is seductive and likely will spill over to other areas of thinking in your life.
For example, someone with a lottery mindset might always be on the lookout for the newest “super food?” They may be convinced that if they ate that “super food” every day they would feel energetic, wake up refreshed, or their midriff bulge would melt before their eyes?
Super food seekers have something in common with lottery mindset people … there is one single answer to life’s challenges. The glittery promises of “big winnings”, whether this is cash or effortless weight loss to shed that belly fat, are so seductive that people gladly fork over their money (sometimes lots of money) in the hope that this is their personal “magic bullet” that nets them the jackpot.
Every day the literary world is witness to a host of diet wonders claims, disasters, life-changing scientific discoveries, total blunders and misinformation. Over the past decade the marketing machinery that preys on the lottery mindset folks has exploited the foods that come naturally enhanced with nutritional gifts. They now coin them “super foods” which has led to much confusion by the general public. Often these super foods are processed or reformulated into a supplement, which may not even resemble the original form.
The public has an insatiable appetite for answers to such questions as;
- “what do you think of acai berry powder, should I add it to my smoothie?”
- “what about flax seeds, are they better than chia seeds?”
- “I take plant based Omega 3; aren’t they better than fish oils?”
- “I heard that raspberry ketones work quickly for weight loss so I’m having 6 every day, what do you think?”
- “What is the best adaptogen to fight stress?”
Focusing on one food in the hope that it will be our “food lottery” and melt away that muffin top, is similar to forking over that $2 for the lottery ticket. There’s no promise that by adding by adding a daily dose into our morning smoothie or taking several gel caps throughout the day that we’ll win; only the premise that this could be the “one”. It is this thinking that keeps us coming back for more or looking for other types of lotteries to play (or super foods to buy).
On one hand it is encouraging to hear that someone is adding any type of whole fruit or veggies to their diet. What is somewhat disconcerting is when someone who is trying to lose weight believes that eating blueberries on their morning cereal will somehow ameliorate the full-size bag of chips they ate mindlessly while watching N.C.I.S. the evening before.
If you have a lottery mindset and are trying to lose weight, instead of being on the lookout for the next super food, why not try to just eat the “original” super foods! Focus on unprocessed foods, like real fruits and veggies (fresh or frozen) not the dehydrated type; real sweet potatoes, not the type that come in a sweet potato corn chip” bag; or plain non-fat yogurt where you add your own fruit, nuts or seeds.
Yes, this does take a bit more planning but it gets easier to win. It becomes a new health promoting habit, and the pay-off is a happier you as you see your body respond with a healthier weight. Yes, you can continue to have a “lottery mindset” yet this time you wins are based on your effort, so why not go for the mega-jackpot of a healthier body!
What about you? Do you believe that super foods can be your winning ticket to weight loss or maintenance? Click here to share what’s been a winner for you (or turned out to be a loss).
Additional information: 10 Real Reasons Women Gain Weight
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/; Aspire2Wellness.com