Why is it that try as you might, switching to healthy eating habits feels nearly impossible? It seems that no matter how earnest your intentions may be, good eating habits take the wayside to those which are both familiar and convenient to you.
Unfortunately, “familiar and convenient” usually means reaching for packaged foods and other sources of less-than-nutritious calories.
True, packaged foods typically have long shelf-lives and are easy to grab on the fly or keep in your desk. However, between the simple sugars, trans fats, hydrogenated fats and preservatives, is convenience really in your best interest?
No, of course not, which is why you are aware of a need to switch to healthier habits.
And here’s how.
Merely understanding the need for good eating habits doesn’t implement the cure, which means that in order to change your diet for the better you need to create a plan.
And, this plan needs to be easy and manageable, and NOT like taking on a second job.
The best way to do this?
Start small, and work up.
For instance, let’s say that you realize you need to get more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet.
However, making a sudden switch to fruit and green salads morning noon and night will not only add loads of shopping and prep time to your day, it will also quickly burn you out on fruits and veggies. This then makes it much easier to simply fall back on your old, easy-to-follow habits
Instead, try swapping those packaged snacks in your desk for apples, oranges, carrot sticks and other easy-to-snack-on fruits and veggies.
This will then give you a good, healthy starting point which you can mold into a habit. From there you can expand little-by-little, such as getting in the habit of buying grass-fed beef over conventional or changing dessert from cake and ice cream to yogurt with fruit and granola.
And, in addition to starting small, you should:
Remember, this is all about commitment and changing your mindset which requires an “all-in” approach.
You also need to give your new healthy eating habits time to “set in” and take hold.
For instance, science tells us that it usually takes a minimum of around 3-weeks for a habit to form and become established. This means that even though times of change are exciting, and you likely want things to happen sooner than later, some patience and discipline are in order.
In other words, when you first begin prepping your veggie sticks and fruit and taking them with you to work in the morning, plan on NOT being able to rely on innate habit to do so for at least another 3-weeks. This may mean using a reminder system, such as:
Remember, 3-weeks is the minimum time it may take to establish a habit, and with some of us or some habits possibly requiring more time than that. This means you may need to keep at it for up to 2- months (or more) until the habit is firmly established.
An even easier way to establish healthy eating habits than the 21-day habit plan is to automate things so that you are relying less on pure diligence, and more on the convenient delivery of great-tasting, nutritious food.
By this, we mean having delicious meals from a revolving weekly menu delivered to your door or business so that all you have to remember to do is…enjoy!
And of course, when you’re talking about tasty foods created by athletes who know a thing-or-two about flavor and nutrition, you won’t have too much trouble “remembering” to enjoy what you’re eating.
But how can you do this?
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