Itís practically inevitable, the New Year arrives and weíre ready to bid farewell to the holiday food and treats. Now, we are ready to get serious about healthy eating and exercise. Or are we? Then, by February or March our resolutions are forgotten and we just cannot find time to exercise. Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us. We cannot blame the calendar or anyone else for that matter. Itís simply just bad diet habits.
Here are some steps to improve our diet habits:
Step 1: Acknowledgement that you are up against a powerful opponent Ė We know that old habits persist and have a tendency to come back. Remember, the old habit is not erased when you begin a new habit, itís really your default behavior.
Step 2: Protect your willpower Ė Habits are strongly driven by triggers, like time, a place, or a person. Keep yourself from getting into trigger situations to begin with.
Step 3 Get plenty of rest and stay away from stressful situations Ė Itís always important to get plenty of sleep and to stay away from stress at home or in the workplace.
Step 4: Exercise Ė Exercise improves executive function which is the brainís ability to plan, decide, troubleshoot, and even exert willpower in the face of bad habits.
Habits allow us to perform everyday tasks automatically. Unfortunately, they allow us to automatically do unhealthy things as well. It takes effort on our part, but if we follow these steps to improve our diet habits, we will stick to our healthy habits long past February or March.