With the end of the year coming many people are doing the traditional thing and making resolutions. But, unfortunately the resolutions don’t last all that long after they’re made. Starting out on a healthier journey can be very overwhelming. But one thing to remember is take one step at a time. Replacing things slow and steady means a better chance of sticking with your new lifestyle.
For example, if you have a ton of junk food in your kitchen, don’t just throw it out and replace everything all at once. Instead, the next time you go to the grocery store swap one new healthy alternative for a junk food you already have. Alternate back and forth between the junk food and the new alternative (both still in moderation) until the junk food is completely gone. Then, continue only with your new alternative. When you go grocery shopping again, buy more of the same healthier alternative you bought to replace the first junk food and try to add another healthy replacement for another junk food in your kitchen. Before you know it you’ll have all of your old unhealthy food replaced with healthy versions.
This method can be used for food, personal care products, and medicines. A similar concept can even be applied towards steps on becoming more physically active.
You may have to try a few new alternative options first before settling on one you like.
Here is a simple chart to reference:
Replacing/changing things slowly works. There used to be a time when I drank soda like I had stock in the companies. Now I only crave a soda maybe every 2-3 months.
Also, fast food was another issue with me. I used to probably stop at McDonald’s twice a week. Now I can’t even remember the last time I stopped there. But, however, I do remember the last time I ate fast food I got nauseous. The longer it is between fast food meals the worse and worse I feel when I eat it.
You’ll soon notice your cravings for particular foods will start fading (BUT they may not ever completely go away) and your desire for the healthier food will increase. You still have to remember to eat everything in moderation – both good and bad foods.
Can you think of other things to swap out in your diet?