Written by: B. Brown
Do you have a goal to make healthy habits with nutrition, but feel unsure where you should start? Have you tried to change your habits in the past, but found yourself giving into temptation and eventually, giving up entirely? If this sounds like you, don’t give up! Transforming your eating habits to healthy habits does not have to be a battle. All it takes is a few simple lifestyle adjustments and a plan. Are you ready to make a change? Here are a few basic tips to help you you build healthy habits that will turn into a long term lifestyle change.
Know Your ‘What’ & ‘Why”...
When it comes to making healthy habits with nutrition, most people tend to rely on willpower and motivation to propel their journey. The problem is, it never works. The human brain functions based on stored memories. To change the stored memories, you have to change your habits. Think of it like a software update. For the consumer, it’s simple. We just push the ‘install’ button and in a few minutes, it’s done! We don’t give much thought to what it takes to develop the software and we often don’t even know why the update was necessary. So many of our modern conveniences are like this, that it has morphed our own internal thought processes to expect immediate results. To overcome this, we have to train our minds to process change before we jump into action by contemplating our reasoning behind making changes to our habits. So ask yourself...What healthy habits would improve your lifestyle? Why? Make a list and be thorough. Now you are ready to set goals and make new healthy habits!
Plan & Prepare!
One of the biggest reasons behind failed nutrition goals is lack of planning and preparation. Sure, there is plenty of room for trial and error, but to forego planning and prep is planning to fail. Yet, when it comes to Health and Nutrition, so many of us feel as though we know what we should be eating, so we should just do it. As discussed above, you can’t think your way into to new habits. You have to take deliberate action. And this may require getting out of your comfort zone and getting support and education. For this step, take the time to invest in yourself and create a plan. Be sure your plan is detailed and includes the next 7 days. You can start anytime, but it is best to choose the day of the week you consider ‘the beginning’ of your week. Once you’ve picked this day, write out what you plan to eat for all meals and snack from your start day to the last day. Prepare a day or two before you start and be sure to get all the supplies you need.
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Don’t Give Up!
Remember, changing habits takes time and patience. No one does it perfectly, and some days, you may feel like a total failure. Attitude is everything when it comes to changing any habit. So do things to boost your self confidence! Track your successes and be sure to review them on harder days. This is where motivation kicks in and becomes our ally. Post sticky notes on your mirror or other places you look at frequently that have positive messages to yourself written on them. Don’t set unrealistic goals and start slowly at first, picking a maximum of 3 habits to work on. Change the way you look at failure and pick a mantra to tell yourself when things get hard. Examine your most challenging moments and try to exchange triggers that might lead you to give into temptations.
The most important thing to remember is, adopting healthy habits with nutrition is the best thing you can do for yourself. It will protect you from serious health problems and will help manage your weight and give you energy! The rewards speak for themselves, and after a while, these new habits wont feel like work at all!