Old habits die hard. This is especially true when talking about eating habits. When you’ve spent years not being mindful of what or how you eat, trying to switch things up can prove difficult. Falling prey to temptations and poor routines, essentially you want to do better but continue the same habits. However, just like with any new skill, it takes planning, preparation, and time to learn how to develop better eating habits. Below are some tips to help.
Try Something New
Monotony can be one of the biggest culprits in making poor eating decisions. Not only does eating the same types of food limit your nutritional range of vitamins and nutrients, but it also makes it easy to fall prey to outside temptations. For example, if the only thing you bring for lunch every day is a turkey and cheese sandwich, eventually, your coworkers takeout starts to look more appetizing.
Try new recipes and even restaurants to expand your palate and open your eyes to new foods. This will provide you with an array of vitamins and nutrients needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle. It will also minimize the temptation of foods that aren’t good for you.
Introduce One Thing at a Time
Whenever you look up healthy eating topics you constantly read about what you can’t have. You start to think about all the things you have to give up like sweets, saturated fats, salty foods, fast food, and the idea seems scary. Trying to eliminate everything from your diet at once can seem overwhelming and also tempt you to make poor eating choices.
Instead of emptying out your entire pantry and shocking your way into eating healthier try introducing a few new healthy items every week or so. You can start small and work your way up to the bigger things like fast food and cookies. For example, stop using regular mayo for your sandwiches and switch to paleo mayo, which is a healthier alternative. After a week, consider using an organic cooking oil instead of vegetable oil. As you adapt to these changes you’ll feel good about the decision and be inclined to introduce new things without feeling as pressured.
Develop a Routine
A common bad eating habit is eating whenever you want. Failing to have an eating schedule, even as an adult can be bad for your health. Your body needs fuel throughout the day to continue working effectively, and depriving it, or overeating, could result in serious consequences.
It is recommended that you eat at least 5 times a day. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. Eating the same time each day helps to ensure that you’re getting the appropriate number of vitamins and nutrients your body needs daily.
The idea of healthy eating for you or your family can be intimidating, to say the least. Essentially, it’s a major change that requires you to let go of old habits and introduce new ones. Rather than trying to do it all at once and burn out or quit, consider following the above-mentioned steps. By taking smaller steps, you’ll see the gradual progress in your overall health and be encouraged to keep going until you’ve reached your goals.