DECISION FATIGUE & GLAZING FRUIT

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

You know that feeling you get at the gym when you overworked your muscles and you can’t keep going? When you got one last set to do, that’s fine. You push through the pain and do it. But when there’s more you just end up on Instagram, Pinterest and what not. You do the sets but performing poorly. You lost your good posture, lost the momentum.

Your brain works the same way.

When you overwork your brain, it leads to decision fatigue.  A fancier term to describe this is

EGO DEPLETION

A person’s diminished capacity to regulate their thoughts, feelings, and actions due to doing too much, too fast. You know, I’m science-backed for everything I type here, so yeap, there are journals, research, and math to prove the facts.

Formulating multi-tasking methods and refusing to focus on just one thing at a time, drains our mental resources and leads to bad decisions or in my case, no decisions at all.

It’s true. Sometimes I struggle to make the simplest decisions.

This is when I’ll have salad.

I will invest all my thoughts and energy on writing a high-quality article, on editing those images from last night’s show for that band that I work with, I will carefully examine and research marketing strategies for my collaborators and double check the business emails I send and receive.

But please don’t ask me to decide what movie to watch later tonight, or what I wanna have for dinner. Like I said:

I’ll have salad.

And maybe we can finish watching the season finale of Archer, ’cause I was too tired from making decisions all day and you let me fall asleep.

I like to use up each season’s last, ripe, juicy fruit when I cook.

Now, apples.

I’m so ready for sugar-soaked strawberries and lush peaches, but let’s see if we can make those apples enticing again. And put them in a simple salad.

Pour yourself a glass of wine too. It looks very grown-up.

I didn’t even drink mine. It just looked good next to the salad. Lucky me, I got hungry friends coming over and raiding my fridge and glasses full of wine before I feel bad for neglecting to drink the entire bottle.

You don’t really need an ingredient list, just fruit, a bit of balsamic vinegar and something sweet. It could be sugar or honey (not vegan) or maple syrup (yes, vegan) or dammit, I should have thought of this earlier when I was at the shop, molasses. Rich, decadent luxe molasses.

Make yourself a green salad. Use up those dandelions, bitter leaves are perfect for this combo. Wild greens.

The wilder the better.

Slice your fruit, be careless, they don’t have to be even. Heat a pan and add the sweetener of your choice. Let it melt. Sensuous, isn’t it?

Place the fruit in the pan, a minute on each side.

Add flaky salt, just a pinch.  Serve. Happy.

Add a dash of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Just a drop. Use that as a dressing for your greens. Heaven.

No need to waste your willpower and finite mental resources on food.

Eat.

Until the next one, 

Chelf

12 thoughts on “DECISION FATIGUE & GLAZING FRUIT

  1. Neely says:

    Your food looks amazing!! Also yes I get bad decision fatigue!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Neely! Let’s keep it simple and focus our energy on what really matters, right?

  2. I get this almost daily! Then again, I feel like that’s what happens with two kids and trying to coordinate them plus the noise that comes with it. I can’t tell you how many days I have a salad for lunch or dinner or both since it’s just easy.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      On the same page girl!

  3. Arun says:

    Definitely, when you are too overworked and tired by the end of the day, doesn’t matter that you need a very presentable dish, a nice salad there and you are set. All refreshed and satisfied afterwards. Love the food pics you shared.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Arun!

  4. Tonya Morris says:

    I totally feel this so hard! What a great default idea for your brain to crave salad though. It looks amazing!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yeap! When in doubt go for a simple salad 😉 Just make it look a bit fancy to satisfy your aesthetics as well, right?

  5. That overworked feeling isn’t fun! Your food looks delicious!

  6. Neyl says:

    Oh my goodness! It looks so yummy and tasty too. But yeah sometimes I struggle to make the simplest decisions too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Yes…I hate that feeling too. This looks like such a great treat to make to lift any fatigued mood.

  8. ananda says:

    such gorgeous photos and a lovely dish! i can totally relate- life is never really easy !

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