“What are some small steps I can take to start making eating healthy a routine?”
The urge to eat healthy can easily come and go. Often when we begin we are so excited about it but eventually that excitement fades away. It’s natural but can be very discouraging when we are trying to find long-term wellness. Here are three steps to get started right away:
Step One: Look at the big picture. It’s important to look at everything you are doing. During this step, don’t judge yourself, just start to become aware. Notice your eating habits; do you tend to eat more around certain people or around certain times of the day? Do you tend to over eat certain foods/drinks? Notice your stress levels; what causes or makes you stressed? How does overeating, bad foods, stress make you feel physically and emotionally? Remember, this is not the time to get down on yourself or beat yourself up. Just notice your routines.
Step Two: What are your top five go-to overeating stress foods/drinks/negative actions? Now pick one and eliminate it. Start with just one thing. Don’t worry about anything else. Just focus on eliminating that one thing from your routine. Try to eliminate this from your diet for 2-3 weeks and see if you start to notice a difference in your body, physically and emotionally. For example, if you are a heavy soda drinker and you find yourself drinking soda every day around 3:00 in the afternoon, for 2-3 weeks try to replace soda with lemon water or herbal tea. Set yourself a reminder at 2:55 so you stay strong and do not give in. The hardest part will be to break the routine, so by replacing it with something healthy, it can make it a little less challenging.
Step Three: Once you have successfully eliminated that one thing move onto another unhealthy routine. Ice cream before bed? Smoking while driving? Whatever it is for you!
Remember that sometimes when we focus smaller victories we are more inclined to stay on the path to wellness. It is easier to eliminate one bad habit at a time then all of them at once.
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