Pick just one habit you want to eliminate and take the first step to break it this very minute. Research shows that it takes about three weeks to replace an unhealthy habit with a healthy habit with a healthy one.
The first step is to identify the habit you want to change. The second step is to identify one healthy habit that will replace the unhealthy habit you’re giving up. Go for a brisk 45- minute walk three times a week, for example, instead of stopping for a few beers. Then identify the rewards you’ll give yourself if you’re successful in breaking the habit you’ve chosen.
Once you decide to break a habit, stick with your decision. The initial phase is the most difficult, but it will become easier over time. So whenever you think that it’s too difficult, just remember that it won’t be so for long. You just have to keep moving forward.
Help yourself follow through with your plan by putting your commitment in writing.
The more changes you can make in your daily life to support quitting your bad habit and instilling good habits, the more successful you will be.
Be a healthy shopper
- Nutrition experts and consumer advocates recommend that you follow these tips to be a healthy shopper. Plan your healthy meals before you go shopping.
- Write down what you need and take the list with you to the store.
- Eat before you go to the supermarket. If you are hungry you may not be able to resist fat- laden goodies.
- Avoid soft drinks, high- fat potato chips, sweets, cake and ice cream.
- Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and other ingredients on your list.
- Be careful! Every smart consumer knows that the stores place tempting items- which are not good for you- around the payment points to seduce you while you wait in line.
- If you buy mainly processed foods, rethink your shopping habits. Processing generally destroys vitamins and other valuable nutrients. That’s why fresh vegetables are generally better nutrition bargains than frozen or canned vegetables. And they usually cost less, too.
- If you must buy processed foods, but frozen rather than canned. Freezing destroys far fewer nutrients than canning.
- So, next time you go shopping for foods choose only those that are good for the waistline and wallet.