Each and every day, our eyes are inundated with images of enticing-looking, fatty, and unhealthy food. Everything from the radio to TV to billboards to newspapers has been covered in this marketing campaign. On a diet, we make a concerted effort to change our eating patterns from the inside out. We make the switch from junk food like hamburgers, fries, pizza, and hot dogs to healthier options like lettuce and water. Some of us can go for a week or so if we are extremely strict about it. Within a few days, we are back to our old ways. We can not possibly keep to our diets with such a big shift taking place.
It has taken me a long time to make positive changes to the way I eat. The process has been painless for me, and I have replaced unhealthy eating habits with healthy ones. Before making any changes to your diet, you should discuss this with your doctor. I did not need to instantly alter my lifestyle because my health was not at risk. This is not a “how-to” guide, but rather a look at how my eating habits have evolved over time.
For a period of time in my life, I relied only on upon fast food establishments for my daily calorie consumption. As a sales representative, I spent most of my time on the road. The burger, fries, and cola combo from a different fast food restaurant would be my order of the day on every occasion. It was not until I was much older and had a better metabolism that I saw much of a negative influence from my bad eating habits. My cholesterol was found to be out of whack when I had to do a physical for a new job. When something like this happened, I realized I had to do something about it since I was too young for it to happen. I tried to completely change my eating habits in a single day, but it failed. After a brief period of success, I would revert to my old habits. I had made some progress, but it was not enough to make a lasting change in my behavior.
After careful deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that I should be a little kinder to myself. I resolved to gradually change my eating habits one at a time until they became second nature. The first thing I changed was the beverage I was drinking. I would request water instead of cola. I used it as a sort of reward system in my mind. As long as I drank water instead of cola, I could eat the burger and fries guilt-free. There is a good chance you are wondering, “How can I eat a burger and fries without guilt?” Because I knew this was simply a temporary phase in my long-term diet plan, I did not feel guilty about it. Since drinking water was the first thing that sprang to me while considering a diet, I went with that. It did not take a lot of effort on my behalf. After about a month, it became habitual for me to drink water with each meal. It was no longer an act of penance; it had become a way of life.
Afterward, there were the fries. I used a baked potato instead of French fries. It was now a burger, baked potato, and water-only diet. The baked potato was actually a big hit with me right away. In comparison to grease-drenched fries, they are delicious. I think you get the gist of what I am saying. There are excellent foods and harmful foods if you have been attempting to reduce weight for some time. What to substitute and where to substitute it will all be clear. I have continued to use these replacements ever since.
I am now more conscious of the beginnings of unhealthy behavior. I take great care in what I put in my body. In addition to becoming habits, the desire for harmful meals has been replaced with a desire for healthier ones as a result of making these dietary changes. I hardly go out to eat anymore. I no longer enjoy these kinds of meals.
To name just a few, I have swapped out soda for water, fries for baked potatoes, whole wheat bread for white, soy milk for cow’s milk, pretzels for chips, salads for sweets, and on and on.
Habits are formed by repeating the same actions. According to what I have read, it takes around 30 days to form a habit. Make substitutes in other areas of your life as well, not just in your diet. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, ride your bike instead of driving, and do not watch the nightly news in favor of going for a stroll.