Its sweet, its fatty, its creamy, its salty, it smells delicious, it’s too hot, it needs more cheese, it goes well with wine, its gooey, its refreshing, its everything. Food.
The power food has is quite amazing. It can bring people together, start relationships, end relationships, and put a smile on your face. Besides tasting good, why do we like food? Is it the way it’s cooked or prepared or something else.
We are suckers for fat, sugar, and salt. We love them and can’t get enough. We crave them, yearn for them, and regret them. They are everywhere and tempt us everyday with their oh so amazing properties. It’s the reason we have a desire to eat hotdogs and hamburgers versus kale and carrots. It’s also the reason why we choose to eat a tub of ice cream rather than drink a vegetable smoothie. And its hard to break away from them. Trying to go a day without these three and quitting cold turkey is a brave move. Soon you will find yourself curled up in the fetal position begging for a donut or a slice of pizza. Beets and lettuce just can compare to that hot slice of pepperoni pizza. Just thinking about that slice of pizza gets your mouth-watering, but beets and lettuce not even close.
So how do we break away from these foods and change our eating habits. Will power and small successes. You can expect to become a mega health eater over night. Going cold turkey it’s a horrible plan. Take your time and do it properly.
It’s best to establish a reason to why your changing your diet. Are you trying to get Instagram famous, get your crush to ask you out, a doctor told you need to change, to live long, whatever your reason is, it has to mean more than anything to you. It has to have a lot of meaning in order to quench your cravings when they arise.
Start with small and simple victories and use those to gain momentum. Start by changing up your breakfast. Instead of a cup of coffee and some doughnuts, try a bowl of oatmeal with two bananas. Keep it simple, it doesn’t have to be some complicated complex plan that you need a mathematician to figure out. Make a simple change and stick with it. Keep track of your progress and your successes to use that momentum for your next dietary change. Your breakfast change was solid for two weeks and you ate your oatmeal and fruit in the morning. Now its time for your next step towards healthy eating. Start by drinking more water through out the day.
Keep your goals simple, the steps simple, and do it in a way where you have constant victories to help establish good habits.