So, you’ve made the decision to start tackling those bad eating habits and start replacing them with better eating habits and it’s time to make a plan of action.
According to psychological experts, they say it takes roughly 21 days to establish a new habit. So, give yourself permission to take a full three weeks and allow yourself to adapt and grow each habit one day at a time.
Trying to make too many changes too quickly can be overwhelming and it doesn’t matter as much how quickly you make these changes, as long as you’re thinking about them daily and working toward your goals.
If you try to push yourself to hard, you might find that even though you were able to change your nutritional habits quickly and maintain that behavior for a few weeks, a single bad day can set you back to the beginning and all the hard work you put in was in vain.
Give yourself the time and the space to make gradual changes to your eating habits without overwhelming yourself. By giving yourself the time to adapt and change, you won’t feel so deprived; you won’t feel overwhelmed, and you’re much less likely that you’ll lose control of the progress you are making.
When you make those conscious decisions to have a soda, some ice cream and maybe a cheeseburger, you won’t feel like a failure. You’ll know you’re in control and one time cheating won’t trash all your efforts. It won’t change your plans. It won’t change how you’ll be eating tomorrow as you continue down the road of upgrading your nutritional habits.
Eating healthy isn’t all about being perfect all the time. It’s about realizing what types of food will give you fuel for energy, make you feel and look better, improve your health, and help you maintain a proper body weight. There’s no harm in being able to indulge occasionally and there’s no need to feel guilty or feel like a failure when you do.
You might be surprised to find out that with each small change you make, you’ll start to gather momentum and little by little good habits rule over the bad habits making subsequent steps easier and easier to compound on.
Here’s Some Small Nutritional Habits You Can Change to Get Big Results:
- Kick that soda habit asap.
- Eat whole fruits and veggies for snacks.
- Eat a healthy breakfast – a nutritious smoothie can make you feel great!
- Cut out those starchy carbs and substitute them with whole grains.
- Eat veggies with every meal – including breakfast and in your smoothies.
- Pack your own lunch when working – truly nutritious meals at most restaurants are rare.
- Eat fish at least once a week or at least supplement with Omega fatty acids.
- Try to eat a full vegetarian dinner at least once a week.
- Expand your menu by trying new fruit or vegetable once a week.
- Bring some nutritious snacks with you as not to get caught up craving sugary or junk foods.
- Work on drinking more water and cut the sugary drinks and juices. A squeeze of lemon and a smidge of stevia in a glass of ice water can go a long way in weaning off sugary drinks.
Remember, when you tackle one habit at a time, it’s much easier and you have a better chance of success. Start with the one habit that makes the most sense to you, and then create a plan to make it happen and you’ll be enjoying the health results sooner than you might think.
Before we wrap up, here’s a quick example of how you might create a plan for one of these habits.
Let’s say you have a habit of drinking soda during the day. You know they’re empty calories with no nutritional value whatsoever and diet soda isn’t much better. So you decide that’s the habit you want to replace first. You’ll need a two-pronged approach. How will you quit drinking soda and what good habit will you replace it with?
Here’s the thing… Staying with the soda theme, let’s say that you drink several sodas a day. In cutting back to two a day, then to one over the course of a week or two will make it easier to cut back to a half of a soda. Keep this up for a week or two then the move to drinking only one or two sodas a week becomes a doable reality. Again, a slow and deliberate plan like this will make it very easy on you to give up soda drinking permanently.
Here’s an Exciting Benefit of This Good Nutritional Habit:
Say that you’ve been drinking just two sodas a day. Changing out this bad habit with a healthier habit could easily help you lose a pound of fat on a weekly basis. Think about that. In one year of changing this one habit can help you lose 52 pounds of fat in the course of that single year.
Do you see how these small changes can provide you with huge rewards!
Here’s a Good Attitude for Adjusting Nutritional Habits
As you start making these changes to your nutritional habits and begin losing weight, remember that this process needs to be a fun and positive experience which will allow you to stick with it for life. Always stay focused on the purpose of your long-term goal, which is to live healthier, longer, more resilient while feeling and looking better.
There’s no need to deprive yourself and you don’t need eat tasteless and dull food in order for it to be highly nutritious. Quality, real food is so delicious that when you give it a small chance, one meal, one day at time, you adapt to appreciating it so much that you soon will want nothing but good healthy food.
Give yourself permission to slip up once in a while and then set your eye back on the prize. Think daily about what you put into your body, keep working to improving your nutritional habits and your body will reward you with a more ideal body weight, good health and a happier life.