Practicing good eating habits is an accomplishable task. However, I am coming to realize that food choices, meal-timing and serving sizes are pre-programmed within us. The tough work of bettering someone’s eating habits is the result of not only introducing healthier foods and strategies but also of de-programming old eating patterns. Establishing healthier habits or undoing unhealthy ones require a behavior change -- a real behavior change! When you undergo this type of behavior transition, your life will begin to look much different. For example, you will intentionally skip the candy jar at the receptionist’s desk and the last few bites off your children’s plates. However, sometimes others (enablers) will tell you not to become “too obsessive” with these changes. If you begin to listen to them, you’ll begin to agree: “I shouldn’t be too obsessive,” and you’ll eat what you shouldn’t.
Certainly eating disorders exist that are not healthy in any respect; at no point does a healthy diet consist of skipping meals or eating too little. In fact, it involves the opposite: Eating small, eating healthy, and eating frequently allow you to lose fat effectively.
However, proper eating does exclude sweets, soft drinks and high sugar foods. For many people, it was “obsession” with these foods that brought on weight gain in the first place. In order to spark real change in your body, you must be diligent in avoiding these unhealthy foods. If you’re still accused of being obsessive, respond, “Okay then: I am. I have to be. I can’t consume sugar and expect my body not to react negatively.”
You can read success stories from fit people and you will always hear about a particular time in their lives when they really buckled down and became disciplined about what they eat. Every little bit of nutritious commitment and exercise counts -- every bit!
Here’s a list of great obsessions to implement:
- Eating breakfast every day
- Drinking water every day
- Avoiding sweets and soft drinks
- Limiting alcohol in-take
- Eating whole grains
- Eating fruits and vegetables
Being healthy is not about living a rigid life. However, asserting commitment on the front end of making changes will accelerate you toward a more flexible eating lifestyle later.