4 great ways to break bad habits
1. Don’t feed the boredomWe are all guilty of this one – the mindless eating. Constant daytime grazing through to finishing that whole bag of popcorn while watching your favourite TV show. To beat this sneaky habit, the key is to recognise the difference between actual hunger and just eating for the sake of, well, eating. The biggest unhealthy factor to boredom eating is that we are often reaching for ‘convenient’ foods that are usually packed with sugar, fat or carbs. So next time you are searching for those mini cookies, ask yourself if you are actually hungry or if you are just filling a gap in your day.
2. Take back the power
Whether it is eating habits learnt from childhood or having that one friend who encourages the midnight after-drinks binge, it’s important to recognise the enablers in your life. Identify them, understand how they are affecting your unhealthy habits and then decide how you are going to overcome it. You want a good enabler in your life, not one pushing you to finish off that tub of ice-cream. Like your kitchen pantry, sometimes we need a life clean out. Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with positive influences with similar goals to health and fitness and clear out the negativity. Become your own enabler of good habits, healthy living and proper exercise.
3. Keep emotions in checkThe connection between food and mood is a struggle for many. We’ve seen emotional eating throughout countless series of The Biggest Loser and we know we will probably see it for more to come. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be beaten. The key is to identify the triggers, and to do that you sometimes have to get back to the basics: the ol’ diary. A food diary will help track what you eat, when you eat it, how much and how you were feeling at the time. You will soon be able to see whether there is a connection between the food and your mood, and you can then tackle what is driving those feelings.
4. Preparation is keyAs we witnessed tonight, it’s imperative to set up a healthy home. Take away those temptations and prep your house for healthy eating. Replace chips, chocolates and soft drink with low-calorie, low fat healthy foods. By identifying and restricting your temptations you will be on your way to a healthier change of lifestyle. Prep your fridge, so the next time you are reaching in you are grabbing something healthy. Plan your food weekly so you aren’t popping out for some cheeky takeaway on the way home from work. Preparation will not only help you make the right food choices, it will also help establish an ongoing healthier routine.