Bad eating habits are common among many people, and people don’t even immediately realize or recognize that they have them. Eating too much junk food, fast food, unhealthy beverages, and anything with a lot of preservatives, and eating these frequently – these are bad eating habits. What makes them worse is neglecting healthy food, not taking vitamins and supplements, and partnering these with insalubrious lifestyles.
Some defend their poor eating choices by saying that you only live once, so might as well eat everything delicious, everything you like, regardless of their nutritional content. That sounds interesting and catchy, but that sounds dangerous too! If not today, then tomorrow, you will reap the harvest of those bad eating habits. Many illnesses and disorders that come as results of unnourishing eating and unhealthy living transpire in the older years of one’s life. Keep that in mind, so that you will enjoy your youth without risking your life’s years later.
It will necessarily take a process, which could be a long one, but it’s going to work, and you will not regret a thing. Start today. Here are 8 helpful tips to break your bad eating habits.
1 – Acknowledge your bad eating habits.
The first step to bringing those bad eating habits to a stop is acknowledging that they exist in you, that you yourself have them. Often, it’s hard to admit when you also believe that you are in the wrong, but this time, if you really want to change for the better, you have to slowly let go, and realize and recognize the problem at hand. Without yielding, there’s no progress here.
2 – Know why they exist and how to fix them.
Everything has a reason behind it. Even those bad eating habits and preferences of yours do. Your task now is to know why they exist. Well, in many cases, you already have the answer in your mind, but you have to fully become aware of them. That’s how you can find a way to fix them. Knowing and understanding the problem allows you to figure out or create, learn and understand the solution to take.
The moment you know why you are having such bad eating choices will be the moment you will also get to exactly target it with keys and ways out.
3 – Take it slowly but surely.
Bad eating habits that have become part of your lifestyle are not easy to immediately eliminate. You have been used to clinging on to them for a long time, so it’s understandable if it will take you quite some time before totally forgoing those unhealthy food choices.
Take it slowly but surely. If you do it in a rush, your system might malfunction. Instead of calmly and patiently experiencing the process, you get stressed out, and you resort into worse eating habits.
4 – Plan your meals.
For you to avoid on-the-spot cooking of just anything available at home, just anything you are craving for, and just anything that can be bought from the nearest convenience store, plan your meals. Do it intentionally. Make a list. Think carefully and mindfully. When there’s a plan, there’s organization. You can controllably manage your meals, resist temptations of eating unhealthy food, and eat more nutritious noshes.
If possible, cook and bake your own food. Just buy the right ingredients, and this time, choose the healthy options. Buy top-notch bread flour and flavors that are delectable and health-giving at the same time.
5 – Eat with the family.
You want everybody in the family to be healthy. Eat with them, so you influence yourself with that goal you have for the people you love. It’s not just them that needs to remain healthy and lively but also you.
Spend happy meals with your family! You will have a bliss-filled dining table while having a delight-filled tummy! What’s more, when you eat with family members who care for their health a lot, they will serve as a reminder that you have to care for your health a lot because you are not aging backwards. Be healthy now, so you can stay healthy in all tomorrows to come.
6 – Train yourself to eat only when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
Do not be a glutton. Train yourself to eat only when you are hungry. If you are not, do not force yourself to eat. At the same time, stop eating when you are already full, and your tummy feels like it’s going to burst.
Practice. Slowly but surely, make it a lifestyle to not always respond to your stomach that has been used to eating every single time you think you’re hungry or every time there’s good food around.
On the other hand, you have the choice to finish your food or not when you are already full. The right choice is to avoid forcing yourself to finish everything. That will make you feel sick and your tummy will also be uncomfortable.
7 – Learn how to manage stress.
Many bad eating habits materialize when you need to feel calm and comforted. Generally, food brings people comfort, but in many cases, people’s comfort food are not the healthiest picks out there. They mostly are sweets and junk foods that are tasty but not really healthy.
With that, learn how to manage stress. Know yourself and your tendencies and coping mechanisms in the face of stress. If stress eating is one of your habits, then learn how you can reduce and gradually overcome it. Learn how to handle and combat stress and stressors in better techniques.
8 – Resist temptations.
Fast food, junk food, sweet food and many more are always around the corner, visibly. It can be tempting to have them everyday without getting tired of them, but that makes you very unhealthy.
The thing is you cannot destroy those businesses and establishments down. They are just doing their job and achieving their goals as entrepreneurs serving people yummy food. So what you can do is to develop a strong sense of commitment to your desire of breaking your bad eating habits. That will allow you to resist temptations that just exist normally and naturally on a daily basis.
Food is one of the most irresistible things on Earth. It’s hard to say no to yummy foods, you know!
Nevertheless, be careful and mindful of what you eat, and of the amount you consume therein. Be more concerned because the food you take in always has something to do with your health.
Bad eating habits will not go away on their own. You can say the concept is somehow similar to quitting cigarette smoking. If you want to ward them off, do something. Make an effort, and be willing. Don’t forget that it’s not going to happen overnight or in just a week, so be patient with yourself. Focus on your goal of a healthier living, and breaking those bad eating habits won’t be too far away.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Mauri Baking Supplies Australia, a chief supplier of bakery ingredient solutions all over New Zealand and Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.