The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz:
I love this... it made me realize I'm not crazy, ha!
I had a really good reminder of this recently when we did the elimination diet... we had rice, sweet potatoes, tapioca, winter squash, kale, spinach, chard, mangoes, blueberries, cherries, pears and dates and that's it to choose from and my daughter actually said, "I'm eating like a queen!" and I got zero issues with the 4yo and toddler, they ate a lot, they ate at meal times and they never once fussed or complained about there being 'nothing' to eat and although I was very busy in the kitchen (with everything needing to be cooked) it definitely made meal time easier for me having very limited options... which of course, begs the question, why'd we ever stray from that?
This book I am going to have to get. I can eat pretty much the same things day in and day out. My hubby on the other hand cant. He can do leftoevers as long as it is not 2 nights in a row. I can have the dinner then have it for lunch and dinner and lunch the next few days ( usually till its gone) but he is only good for about 3 meals and not in a row.
And he is trying to turn the kids that way too. Not conscitously mind you. They have eaten the same thing for lunch since they started table foods. And every so often they wont eat or eat very little. And he tries to tell me that "they are getting tired of it". I think he is tired of making it.
I try to tell him that they cant be tired of something, when they know nothing else.
The author of this book talks about how if you go into a store that only has one kind of bread, you may feel dissatisfied with your options. When you are then given a choice of 3 or 4 kinds of bread you will likely feel more satisfied. However, there is a point where additional choices do not provide additional satisfaction. In fact, additional choices require additional decisions, time to evaluate, and potential regret as you contemplate whether you’ve made the best possible choice.
In our culture having unlimited choices (at least in theory) and personal freedom are seen as unquestioningly good. The author of this book argues that you can actually increase your personal satisfaction and happiness by limiting your own choices. I think one suggestion he made was always buying the same brand and variety of grocery items to simplify your life.
I found contemplating these concepts interesting in terms of dietary choices. When starting the McDougall program we may wonder if we’ll somehow experience less satisfaction/happiness eating McDougall food. Following the argument of this author, eliminating large numbers of food choices will actually free up our time and energy for more meaningful pursuits which would theoretically lead to greater satisfaction/happiness.