We all have certain foods that we love to eat even
when eating too much is bad.
These are most often comfort foods that are
hard to give up.
If you are making food choices that are not the best, here are some suggestions for making changes.
You have probably sabotaged your eating habits once or twice. You didn't intend to but it just so happened that you had that last box of chocolate cookies in the cupboard. Since you know they are there, you’ll be more likely to reach for them when stressed or you think you are hungry.
Before you fret, there is hope for all of us. Use the following steps to turn those hard to get rid of habits into winning techniques for weight-loss success.
1. Never go to the grocery store hungry. This is another sabotaging method. You might be saying to yourself that you are only going into the grocery
store for a few things.
With your stomach rumbling, you are prone to abandon the pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for fried chicken wings at the deli.
2. Don’t snack while cooking. This is a habit many of us have. Instead of eating a proper meal or a snack, you nibble on the good things in the kitchen.
Even if you are cooking a healthier meal,
you can eat too much before the meal is even served.
3. Change one habit at a time. One step at a time.
4. Identify your triggers, then set up a plan to address those triggers
when they happen.
Create strategies. Chose alternative foods and on hand for those
moments of stress.
5. Find someone to support you, have a cheerleader.
6. Make a plan. It is not enough to say that you will change a bad habit.
That is a vague statement that gets you nowhere. You have to write it
down and commit to it.
There is something about writing and speaking your intentions which
gives them more power.
7. Keep a food journal. Record everything that you eat for a week. When you go back to it you may be amazed at all of the sweet, salty or fatty foods you consumed. Use the journal to create a list of the foods that are and are not healthy for you so you can make a plan to make changes.
8. Give yourself regular rewards to lock in your successes.
(Make sure they are supporting your changes.)
We don’t always make the best food choices. Use the suggestions here to get in the habit of eating healthier. We change because we keep choosing to change, day by day, decision by decision.
Our lives are a series of habits, choose habits that support health.