Fun fact: A recent study by the University of Minnesota & Harvard University showed that ritualistic eating created increased enjoyment, anticipation, and flavor.

What was shown was that by linking a systematic ritual to a type of food, the tester’s senses were heightened before they ate. They reported increased perceived value (they would pay 25 cents more than the control group for said food), greater flavor, savored the food more, and were more excited to eat.

In the experiment, both chocolate bars and a bag of carrots were tested to very similar results. The rituals were made up and didn’t have a direct correlation to the food, only that the ritual would always be the same with that particular food.

What’s amazing about this in looking at ourselves and our nutrition habits are the great changes we could make for ourselves and our families.

When making a change in nutritional habits, often the hardest part is breaking our old habit. The best place to start is always with building a new habit instead of trying to stop the old one. Simply stopping a habit generally creates a sense of longing for the thing we cannot have. This article, however, helps us understand WHY building new habits can be powerful.

Think of it this way. Say we want to get our kids eating more of a certain vegetable. If we can craft some ritual that is repeated every time the food comes up, we help the kids build a bond to that particular food. Perhaps we sit at the same table every time, then we clap 3 times, blink twice, and shout “Yahoo!!” before taking the first bite. By doing so we’ve created anticipation of said vegetable and in turn upped its potential value to us and the kids.

The great part is that no matter the ritual, as long as it’s consistent with that food, bonds us to it at a deep level.

Many of you that I talk to know that I love to throw out challenges, so here’s yours. In response to this article, find a good healthy vegetable that you may not normally put in your rotation. Create a ritual around it and for the next week perform the ritual and eat that food at least once a day. Aim to clear your head of knowing the desired outcome and be open to the results. If it works, you may just have a wonderful new healthy nutrition habit on your hands. And maybe that old one will suddenly become less appealing.


Coach Graham


WOD 102716

If you had it to do over again what would you study in school?

Warm-Up 8

Rowing Technique
Foam Roll
2 x 10
Ring Rows
Ring Pushups

Metcon (No Measure)

Alternating every 2 minutes, for 18 minutes:
A: Muscle-Ups x Max Reps in 45 seconds
(OR 3 Rolls to Candlestick + Low Ring Muscle Up Progression x 4 reps)
B: L-Sit Hold x 45 seconds accumulated time

Goal is practice Muscle-ups technique

Metcon (AMRAP - Rounds and Reps)

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
10 Pull-Ups
10 Dumbbell Thrusters
10 Push-Ups

Cash Out

Tabata Sit ups

Out of Town WOD

20 Alternating Dummbell Snatch, 50/35
20 Situps
100 Double Unders


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