Transitioning to Better Eating

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments by

Change is scary. As humans, it’s natural to want to simply maintain the status quo and continue on. We like what we eat because we eat what we like, but when that needs to change, it doesn’t need to be as scary as it seems.

Consistency over speed

Perhaps the most important aspect of shifting diets is realizing that diets are habits. Whether you have a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for lunch every day, or you simply can’t resist scooping some chips into your shopping cart, understand that everything doesn’t need to change overnight.
What’s more important is Darwin-style gradual change over time. The faster you can implement change, the better, but don’t push yourself over the edge. Ease into smaller changes – maybe skipping the ice cream in favor of frozen yogurt. If you do push yourself too far and relapse, remember:

Remain positive

Moving to healthier eating can be a challenge, and not everybody’s able to get it on the first try. It’s perfectly natural to fall back on old habits – just don’t let one mistake ruin everything else you’ve accomplished.
Focus on the progress you’ve made, and the hiccups getting there will seem small in comparison. Try rewarding yourself for what you’ve accomplished so far. A bowl of ice cream once in a while can be a good motivational tool to keep yourself honest. And if that’s not enough…

You don’t have to go it alone

It’s easy to put a personal project nobody knows about to the wayside. If you’re committed to changing your diet for the better, tell supportive friends and family members. They’ll cheer you on when you succeed, help you back on your feet when you trip up, and keep you on track for a healthier life.

One last note: Failure isn’t slipping up, it’s giving up.

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