Changing bad eating habits can be difficult, so here are a few tips that help you kick each habit with slow and steady progress.
- Start with small steps to improve your diet such as eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water or not skipping breakfast. Even small changes can make a big difference!
- Practice mindfulness by paying attention to what you are eating. Making a food diary can be very helpful for identifying patterns in your consumption that may be negatively impacting your health.
- Make a specific plan of how you are going to make a change. For example, if you want to consume more water, don’t just say you will drink more. Make a concrete plan to bring a refillable water bottle to work with you each day and refill it a certain number of times though out the day.
- Set weekly mini goals for yourself to tackle. For example, if you goal is to start eating breakfast daily, try to find a new healthy and easy breakfast that you enjoy eating each week. Soon you may even look forward to eating your favorite breakfast!
- Be realistic about your goals. It takes time and repetition for a new action to become a habit so don’t get discouraged if you slip up now and then.
- Find a way to manage stress that works for you. People tend to fall back on bad habit during times of high stress.