Healthy Eating, Procrastination, and How I Find Them Related

Some day, I plan for a well-traveled version of myself to create a select list of places in the world where I am not allowed to worry about what I eat.

I can now confirm that New Orleans is the first to make that list.

Typically being an avid health nut, I gave myself permission to let loose for one full day while on a college visit in New Orleans. For 24 full hours. After six pralines, two cups of sweet coffee, a beignet, and a chocolate-covered apple the size of both of my fists combined, I started to feel the repercussions of the sugar rush and the formation of a food baby. Although I meant what I said about not letting myself regret it (and oh, I so did not regret a thing), it did get me thinking.

The healthier you eat, the better and more energized you feel.

The worse you eat, the more lousy, tired, and inflated you feel.

If the facts are so plain, then why on earth do we have this perpetual desire for unhealthy, sugary, and deep-fried foods?

My answer to this made me think of an article I once read about procrastination. In the most basic and unscientific way possible, procrastination is basically the “long-term success” part of your brain fighting against the “immediate gratification” part of your brain.

In other words, I know that I’m going to regret this cookie in the morning, but caramel chocolate chips. 

Or, I know that I should start my page-long spanish assignment now, but blogging.

So in summation, until someone figures out how to shut up the “immediate gratification” part of our brain and let the “long-term success” part just do it’s job, college students’ papers will remain being written at unnatural times in the morning.

Here is a much more clear and totally amusing explanation of procrastination.