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Day 2 [Nutrition] SG NY Kickstart Challenge – Design Your Environment


Welcome to day 2!

Yesterday, we kicked things off with the official Sleekgeek Food List.

Today, I want to show you how you can use the Food List and a few other tips to design your environment for the better and to set yourself up for success.

So, there’s a lot of advice out there that focuses on things like willpower, motivation, and commitment.

While I do think that having the right kind of attitude and putting in good old-fashioned hard work is a key part of being successful, I also think that many people are missing the most important part of the puzzle. And that’s what kind of environment they design around themselves.

You see, often your environment plays a far more important role in your success than things like motivation or willpower. Don’t get me wrong, those things DO matter, especially in key moments throughout life.

But, it is your environment that affects you every minute of every day. For better or for worse. And because most people don’t put much thought into this, they make achieving their goals so much harder than it needs to be.

At Sleekgeek, we have found that one of the best places to start with this is to take back control of what food you keep at home. [See our Kitchen Makeover Guide]

To put it simply, you are more likely to eat whatever food is around you. Good or bad. So, if you keep lots of junk food around, you are more likely to eat it. And if you keep lots of healthy food around, you are more likely to eat it.

This is not about willpower or motivation. It’s environment.

Think about it. Do you have to exert willpower and consciously opt to make healthy choices? Or are they being made for you by default by your environment?

Let me ask you this: Who do you think is more likely to become a smoker? A kid who grows up in a house full of smokers, or a kid who grows up in a house where no one smokes at all?

Sure, there are exceptions, but research has shown that kids who have parents that smoke are at least 2 times more likely to become smokers themselves, and I’m sure you can understand why.

This is not about willpower. Those kids aren’t weak. It’s because smoking for them is hard to avoid. It’s part of their daily norm. It’s accessible and in their face 24/7.

What is your environments default setting?

Well, here are some essential basics on how to better design your kitchen environment:

1. Put healthier foods at eye level. Make them noticeable.

2. Put healthier foods in transparent containers. Make them visible.

3. Put healthier foods at the front and within easy reach. Make them accessible.

And then, do the opposite for less healthy foods. Either get rid of them and don’t keep any around, or at the very least, make them significantly less noticeable, visible, and accessible.

Stocking up on healthy food like this, while getting rid of as much junk as possible ensures that your home environment works WITH you rather than works AGAINST you.

Remember, the Sleekgeek Food List is not the be-all-and-end-all of what is healthy and what is not.

It’s designed to be a starting point. Use it to help you shape your daily environment for the better so that healthy habits come more easily and less willpower is required to stay on track.


So for today, all I want you to do is think about how you can play with how noticeable, visible, and accessible foods are in your home.

Look to see how you can make healthier foods easier and more convenient to eat while making less healthy foods harder and less convenient to eat.

See you tomorrow! Cheers.