Developing a healthy eating plan is not only essential for your well being, but it can be accomplished in just 3 simple steps –
The steps forcefully impact the eating habits you have formed.
Why is a healthy eating plan important? When you figure that no one has ever gotten cancer from smoking just one cigarette, it is the bad habit over a long period of time that caused the problem. So too, a poor unhealthy eating plan will adversely affect your health and well being over time. Your susceptibility to obesity, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and the like is largely increased. Unhealthy eating is a ticking time bomb.
You have a serious choice to make. You can choose to ignore all the warning signs and good advice regarding nutrition and healthy food choices or you can take positive, bold and committed steps to take charge for the well being of your body. Your health and well being is your responsibility and yours alone.
The question becomes: Do you commit to finding a way to reduce your chances of turning up as a medical statistic or not? Do you commit to reduce your chances of obesity related illnesses? Although it may be an uncomfortable choice, one requiring discipline and focus, it is certainly an easy choice to make. Until our bodies come with off the shelf replaceable parts, it’s a good idea to take very good care of the one you’ve got.
That should take care of the first step – COMMIT. Next step is to distinguish your current eating habits.
By now you should be an expert at eating. After all, you’ve been eating all your life. Right? Let’s DISTINGUISH.
Eating habits are developed early on in life. How you eat what you eat is largely a result of family heritage, education and socio-economic factors. Additional habitual eating habits can be traced to basic stimulus-response, action-reaction modeling. Eating when emotionally distraught or eating because a co-worker brought in left over birthday cake or late night boredom showed up right on schedule are developed response-reaction habits.
Once you realize that what you eat regularly is a matter of habits formed over years, the problem can be easily be distinguished. Positive steps can now be taken to replace old eating habits. Eating habits based upon emotions can be identified and dealt with. Cultural eating habits that may be detrimental can be replaced with a healthy eating plan.
You can begin to choose the foods to eat based upon quality, quantity, timing, metabolic typing or activity needs rather than time honored habit. Motivated to make change there are options available that one can make with their head rather than their taste buds and stomach. You can choose the thoughts that can change how you eat.
Good food choices are now readily available to you. But, what do you do to choose wisely? What do you do to alter your eating habits for the better? That’s where the third step comes into play – IMPLEMENTING
There are plenty of weight management programs to choose from… enough to make you want to run to the refrigerator. (Don’t do that!) Start with educating yourself on the basics of body metabolism. What does you body do with the food you eat? How does the balance between protein, carbohydrates and fats work in your body? What foods are best for you to eat, which should you stay away from? Locating the support you need to transition to a healthy eating plan can be tricky and it starts with your commitment to wellness.