The (Best) Unconventional Nutrition Coaching Book

You probably wouldn’t walk into a bookstore and pick it up from the bestsellers table at the front. Nah, this book is tucked away where us Kind Nerds have to go hunt it down.


Happy 2-Tips Tuesday!

Here are two ideas to consider this week.

By Jennifer Broxterman, RD


1. The (Best) Unconventional Nutrition Coaching Book

There is a very special book sitting on my nutrition office bookshelf that is worn and frayed, filled with highlighter lines and handwritten notes in the margins, and has more dog-eared and bookmarked pages than I can count. (Aren’t those the best kinds of books?!)

But you probably wouldn’t walk into a bookstore and pick it up from the bestsellers table at the front. Nah, this book is tucked away where us Kind Nerds have to go hunt it down.

I’m wondering if you’ve heard of it before? Bonus points if you’ve actually read it!

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.

Amazon summarizes this brilliant book perfectly:

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.

Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example:

💪  Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.

💪  Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health.

💪  Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower.

💪  Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control.

💪  Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control.

💪  Willpower failures are contagious—you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­—but you can also catch self-control from the right role models.

I'm curious, have you read it?


2. Quote: Blinded by Cocky Optimism

“Research shows that people who think they have the most willpower are actually the most likely to lose control when tempted. For example, smokers who are the most optimistic about their ability to resist temptation are the most likely to relapse four months later, and overoptimistic dieters are the least likely to lose weight. Why? They fail to predict when, where, and why they will give in. They expose themselves to more temptation.”

– Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.



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Jen Broxterman
Registered Dietitian
Prosper Nutrition Coaching


P.S. The Ducks vs. Eagles story hit home for a lot of you. I appreciate everyone who emailed me back to share that you read it to your kids, passed it along to a friend, or brought it up at work. #WasuGoals

Apparently some of you also wash your pepperoni. Good to know us weirdos can stick together, LOL. More of you told me that you snorted with laughter, and you’ll never see pepperoni (or me) the same ever again. Fair.


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