We are sure you are familiar with the idea of a healthy eating pattern. Understanding the concept at a basic level, you know …
- eating more than you need is unhealthy,
- that you should exercise, and
- you should be at a healthy weight.
Now we will cut right to the chase. What you likely need is not more instruction on how to eat healthily, but rather some guidance on how to develop the discipline it takes to be healthy. As an adult, you are not healthy by coincidence. Everything you do or do not do has a benefit or a cost to some degree. It is wise to focus on what improves your overall health, and you probably know some steps you can take.
For starters, eating …
- more protein,
- more healthy fats, and
- a lot more fruits and vegetables
are a must for all of us to include in our daily eating plan. But extremes need to be avoided. Nuts and olives, for instance, are incredibly healthy sources of fat but they are often eaten in large amounts. It does not help these are some of the most caloric foods based on their volume you can find in a supermarket.
We could give advice endlessly on healthy eating, but we would like to focus on a matter warranting more attention: discipline.
What is the point of eating healthy foods if you are not going to eat them consistently? It feels great to eat a satisfying meal that fuels and nourishes your body. But it is infinite more rewarding when you make it a regular habit so your body regularly receives quality foods as part of a healthy eating plan.
It is not always easy and you are going to slip up now and then. And that is okay. But never allow yourself to get carried away.
One technique found to help establish discipline when it comes to healthy eating is to eat healthily for twenty-one days. It has often been stated it takes our brain three weeks or twenty-one days to form a habit. And once a habit is firmly in place, it takes a lot of effort to remove it. In the case of healthy eating, once you are eating well it takes conscious effort to betray your new habit. Suddenly, it becomes easier to avoid unhealthy snacking. You look forward to preparing nutritious meals, and you start to see fast foods and boxed meals as a last resort.
It does not happen overnight. But twenty-one days does make a significant difference.
If you are making an effort to improve your health, lose weight, reverse Type 2 diabetes, or do anything else that benefits from healthy eating, why not stick with it for twenty-one days.
It may very well change the way you eat forever.