How to Quit Your Worst Food Habits
By Genevieve Cunningham
We all have a million little habits that we do every day. Some of us bite our nails or tap our fingers on hard surfaces. Some people smoke or vape. While some of these habits are harmless (finger tapping), others are bad, and we know it (smoking). And still, there are many other habits that we’re engaging in that are bad and we don’t even realize just how bad they are. Many of these habits revolve around one of our favorite activities -- eating! If you’re ready to get your diet turned around, there’s a good chance that you need to quit a bad eating habit and replace it with something healthier. But how? If you need a little help getting started and sticking with it, take a look at these tips for kicking bad eating habits to the curb for good.
Make the Decision
Absolutely everything that you do starts with the decision to make it happen. Without a commitment from yourself, it’s simply not going to happen. Before you do anything else, get resolved in your mind. Weigh the benefits and disadvantages of giving up your favorites. Determine how bad you want it. If you’re on the fence, give it some more time. Once you’ve committed yourself, you can take the next steps to eliminating the bad habit and replacing it with a good one.
Get Your Fill and Eliminate
Whatever your favorite unhealthy food, chances are good that it’s sitting in your kitchen right now. If you have the willpower, go ahead and throw it out. But if you’re taking the slower route, finish what’s in your kitchen, and then don’t buy anymore. Savor the last few bites of whatever you already have, and then cross it off the grocery list. This gives you the chance to indulge and prepares your brain for the necessary void of this food in your life.
Find a Suitable Alternative
If you’re really addicted to your unhealthy favorite, it might be best to find an alternative. Love sweets? Try a healthy fruit option instead. Love potato chips? Try lightly salted air popped popcorn. Sure, these aren’t the same foods that you’re used to and love, but they can make the transition just a bit easier, meaning a higher likelihood of success in the long run.
Eliminating unhealthy foods can be a difficult task, especially when these foods are among your favorite. But if you really want to improve your diet and overall health, it’s probably a necessary part of the process. Use these tips to help you get started and find success. With some time, you may find that healthy foods can become your favorites and your health and body improve more than ever before.
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