Would you agree that healthy eating takes discipline and practice?
Especially if you were not brought up eating nutritionally valuable food.
Or if you have found yourself simply falling into patterns of unhealthy eating?
Fortunately, changing a habit is simpler than it might seem at first glance.
Are you ready and willing to make a change that is lasting?
Then you will be able to change your habits and enjoy a healthy lifestyle from here on out.
First of all, you have to identify your unhealthy habits before you can begin to change them.
This can be difficult for many people.
One way is to keep journals of your regular activities and habits. That way you can begin to identify patterns that are progressive and self-destructive.
When you have identified self-destructive patterns, you can preempt them so that you do not keep repeating them.
Quite often, self-destructive actions have trigger points that you can identify.
If you know what causes you sabotage your efforts, then you can look for ways to avoid them. Or if the sabotage has already begun, you're already halfway through a bag of chips, you can check yourself before you give up and lose your progress.
Next, after you have identified your negative habits, it is time to try some intervention.
This is what is called being mindful.
Instead of just running on autopilot and not thinking about what you're choosing to eat or do, you take note of each action. You consider what you are doing.
Sometimes it is helpful to have an unbiased, unattached person help you identify your negative patterns and address them in a healthy way.
You have the power to change your habits.
When you know what sets you up for sabotage and you find you're on a slippery slope, you can interrupt your thoughts and actions. You can choose to move in a more positive direction.
If you found yourself standing in front of the pantry cupboard mindlessly eating chips or on the couch late a night eating Whispers.
You could stop it right then.
Close the cupboard. Get up off the couch.
Taking an action that moves you interrupts what happening in the now.
After you have closed the cupboard door or got up off the couch, you can take another action. have a glass of water. Brush your teeth.
I don't know about you but as soon as I have minty breath I do not want to eat or drink anything.
If you find yourself craving a food that you know will not serve you nutritionally ask yourself what is it about the food that you want it so badly.
By identifying how that food will "help" you can take steps to acknowledge underlying feelings and emotions.
This is one way to physically rewire your brain so that you are no longer a slave to your impulses.
And that is how healthy eating begins!
Come on over to my Facebook Group - Being Healthy Made Simple and tell us what your #1 healthy eating habit is.