When you want to change the look of your living room, do you buy all new furniture, curtains, carpet, pillows and lamps? Or do you start with small changes at first, maybe the curtains and pillows?
How you live your life is how you will approach most goals, but if eating healthier and losing weight is one of them, slow changes will make you more successful.
Your pattern of eating, whether it’s mostly healthy food but too much, or heavy on the processed, packaged foods, did not happen overnight. If you’re in your 40’s, it took that many years for your eating habits to become established. Trying to get rid of them immediately with willpower is a recipe for disaster.
If you really want to be successful in changing your eating, make small changes… consistently. Build on your successes. Start with a small change, such as eating an extra vegetable daily. When that is a normal part of your daily routine (like brushing your teeth), add another. Again, make it very achievable.
Taking away foods is deprivation and something that will not last long-term. But as you add nutrient-packed foods, you will be less inclined to eat the less than nutritious fare. When your “new” way of eating becomes habitual, then eating desserts and snack foods will be the less common (but totally acceptable) way to eat.
Think about this… you didn’t get to where you are in a couple of weeks, so why do you think you can undo years of behavior so quickly. Make daily, consistent changes until they are your new habit. Don’t give up after 2 weeks. This is a lifelong change and that is why Mindful Eating is so important. Enjoyable eating that meets nutritional needs.
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