4 Steps to Breaking Bad Eating Habits

bad eating habitsSo much of creating a new healthy lifestyle starts above the shoulders. If you can sort through the mental challenges with eating better, you increase your chances for success exponentially. Here are a few tips for changing those bad eating habits.

1. Shake It Up

By and large, people are creatures of habit when it comes to what and how we eat. We usually eat the same things, and rarely move out of our comfort zones. Eating the same foods all the time may work for some people, but if you are struggling with your weight, it can be a factor in that struggle.

For one, those foods you eat every day are likely not healthy, since you are trying to lose weight. But besides that obvious fact, eating the same things all the time is nutritionally limiting. You may be able to make up for vitamin and mineral deficits through supplementation, but to be sure you should try to eat a varied diet.

There’s also the psychological impact of varying your eating choices. If you’re able to adopt a lifestyle that is constantly open to new and interesting recipes, healthy eating is suddenly an exciting undertaking.

2. Be Mindful

In this go-go world, we often eat without thinking about it at all. That may mean watching TV while you scarf down dinner, or worse, eating fast food while you drive to your next destination. It’s important to pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking. That means paying closer attention to ingredient labels, but also eating slower and concentrating on the taste of the food. Not only is it good for better digestion, but enjoying the taste of your meals.

3. Don’t Skip Breakfast

Would you even consider the idea of skipping dinner? So, why do so many of us run out the door without breakfast? The literal answer to that question may be you’re in a hurry in the morning, or a lack of appetite, but even if you don’t buy the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day… it is a meal. So don’t skip it.

4. Use the Power of Visualization

Maybe it’s an inspirational quote pinned to your bathroom mirror. Maybe it’s beautiful pictures of healthy recipes to remind you that delicious and healthy are not mutually exclusive. Whatever inspires you, having it available in a visual way can keep your eyes on the goal, quite literally.

These are just a few of the ways you can inspire yourself to break bad habits. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take baby steps, and try one or two at a time, to see what works best for you.

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