Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Risk Management

1000 years ago, the amount of moves a peasant could take were limited. He understood the risk in his world well, but it isn’t because he was super smart. It’s because his world was small.

The world is now too big to understand how risky a single action can be. Still, some people are more adept at understanding risk than others.

Have you ever walked into a dinner party or restaurant and recognized that sick feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach?  The whole scary thought that there may be no "good" choice you can make.

Building off the conversation Julien started -- 1000 years ago, the only food risk was not having enough.  If food crossed your path, you ate it.  The risk you faced was starvation.

Now -- starvation really isn't a risk for a good many of us.  Actually, it's quite the opposite.  We are dying from over-consumption.  There is so much information out there that promises to help us reduce our risk -- but we can't take it all in.  And even if we could -- most if it is conflicting information.  That makes most of our eating choices seem "risky".

And yet...people navigate these choices all the time.  How?

Here's my opinion.

They listen to the feedback their own eating experience provide.  Feel stuffed and uncomfortable -- uncomfortable should be avoided -- stop eating sooner.

Feel so hungry by the time you get home that you're crabby to everyone that makes eye contact with you until you eat everything that's not nailed down?  Perhaps you should learn to plan better and not let yourself get that hungry.

Learn from your experiences -- and then implement a plan to keep you from repeating those unproductive patterns.  That's risk management!

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