25 Mar Changing Your Mindset for a Healthier Lifestyle
Habits are difficult to break. In fact, according to Dictionary.com, the very definition of a habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” This means that, by its very definition, you can expect to face some challenges when it comes to breaking your bad eating habits. After all, many of these bad habits have probably been instilled in you since you were a young child. So, how can you go about changing these habits and creating a healthier, long-term eating style for yourself?
It’s Not a Diet
The most important steps you can take toward breaking your bad eating habits is to change your overall mindset. When trying to lose weight, we frequently say we are “going on a diet,” which implies that a diet is something that you do only temporarily. In truth, if you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, you need to change your mindset from one that is “going on a diet” to one that is “making healthy permanent dietary changes”. This may mean switching out certain foods, such as eating spaghetti squash rather than spaghetti noodles, on a permanent basis.
Saying is Believing
Sometimes, you may have to convince yourself that you enjoy certain foods. If you have a lifetime of telling yourself that you don’t like vegetables, it make take a bit of repetition before you can convince yourself that vegetables may not be as bad as you thought they were. You may even want to go so far as to tell yourself out loud that you love the healthy food that you are about to eat. Over time, your body will learn to believe what you are telling it and you really will enjoy the foods you are eating. Simply put, give yourself a chance to grow your taste buds and it is likely to really happen!