Me: "Colin, you can have 'A' or you can have 'B'."
Colin: "I choose 'C'."
This is a frustratingly common conversation that parents often have with their kids. The choice could be over a toy, a book, or of course food. But what kids have figured out at an early age has eluded many adults. In life, and in food, there is always a third choice.
In my last post, I discussed my struggle over choosing between beef burgers and veggie burgers. My burger dilemma is emblematic of the fallacy of thought over choice. That is, all too often we lock ourselves into narrowly thinking about choice as consisting of only two alternatives. In their book, Decisive: how to make better choices in life and work, Chip and Dan Heath offer strategies for making better decisions. They discuss how narrow thinking plagues our decision-making. Often, the solution is not to choose one option over a second option, but to choose a third option altogether.
For instance, if you want to lower the saturated fat in your child's diet, you could prepare a tasty veggie burger. You might also ban red meat. Alternatively, you could cook them up a lean bison burger. Game meat such as buffalo meat is significantly leaner than farm raised beef. In fact, wild buffalo has one-third the fat content of most cuts of farm raised beef. In honor of the buffalo, I created a movie trailer this week called, "Dances With Buffalo".
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Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. 2013. Decisive: how to make better choices in life and work. New York: Crown Business.
Andersen WS. 2008. Dr. A’s habits of health: : The path to permanent Weight Control and Optimal Health. Annapolis: Habits of Health Press