~Ditch the Diet~
Every Sunday is the start of a new week and a new opportunity to make a new healthy habit! While you don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new week, month or year to start a new habit, it is always good to have a place to start….
Don’t try to rebuild your eating habits all at once. Make small manageable changes one at a time, master that change before moving on to the next one.
Unhealthy habits weren’t formed overnight. They also cannot expect to be changed all at once either.
Keep in mind that you do NOT have to give up everything you love in order to be healthy. Balance is what we are striving for.
Maybe you drink a lot of soda or sugary drinks. Start with decreasing your soda consumption by one glass each day and replacing it with a glass of water. By the end of a week or two, you will have broken yourself of an unhealthy habit replacing it with a healthy one.
Maybe you don’t drink soda, but every day you drink a several cups of coffees with extra cream and extra sugar. You do not have to give up coffee, just start decreasing the amount of cream and/or sugar you use a little at a time each day. By the end of a week or two, you will have retrained yourself to enjoy your coffee in a healthier way.
Ok, so maybe you don’t drink soda or coffee…but you also don’t eat breakfast.
Breakfast is an important way to start the day! Try to eat within one hour of waking. Start light to get yourself used to the new habit of eating in the morning. Studies show that starting the day by eating breakfast helps decrease overeating later on in the day.
Avoid buying trigger foods that you know cause you to lose control and overeat. I love chocolate chip cookies! I cannot resist a homemade chocolate chip cookie no matter how strong my resolve, add in some M&M’s and it is all over for me! Therefore, I do not bake cookies. I also love ice cream, especially dulce de leche from Haagen Dazs! I know what my triggers are and don’t set myself up to fail.
Getting started is as simple as beginning to apply healthy habits to your life one at a time. One day at a time, one choice at a time, and one tip at a time.
Making changes easier to apply will make you more likely to keep these healthy habits as part of your lifestyle.
One year from today, you may just find that you have lost excess weight, kept it off and didn’t have to go on a terrible diet to do so.
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