How do I change my eating habits?
When I ask people about their relationship with food and why they do some of the things they do, I often hear that it’s ‘habit'... As we all know the food we eat can affect your health and our risk of certain diseases. To eat healthier food, we may need to change some of our daily habits. We may need to change some things in our environment. our environment includes everything around us, like our homes or our workplaces.
We don't need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And we don't have to change our habits all at the same time. It's best to set small goals and change our habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.
We all know a healthy diet is good for our overall health. It also can help us reach a healthy weight and stay there and it's best to make small lifestyle changes that fit with our lifestyle and we can adopt for the longer term and so become the new ‘norm’.
So how can you change your eating habits?
Remember that we can change our eating habits a little bit at a time. Small changes are easier to make and can lead to better health.
Here are some ways to make healthy changes in your eating habits:
Keep more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods at home and at work. Focus on adding healthy food to your diet, rather than just taking unhealthy foods away.
Try to eat a family meal every day at the kitchen or dining table. This will help you focus on eating healthy meals.
Buy a healthy-recipe book, and cook for yourself.
Pack a healthy lunch for work. This means you are in charge and are choosing what you eat, rather than relying on the canteen or the local deli.
If you are going to have snacks, put them on a plate instead of eating from the package. This will make you much more aware of what you are eating.
Don't skip or delay meals. If you ignore your feelings of hunger, you may end up eating too much or choosing an unhealthy snack. If you often feel too hungry, it can cause you to focus a lot on food, make sure you are including healthy carbs in your diet.
Eat your meals with others when you can. Relax and enjoy your meals, and don't eat too fast. Try to make healthy eating a pleasure, not a chore.
Drink water instead of high-sugar drinks (including high-sugar juice drinks). Aim for 2L of water per day.
Disrupt any evening habits that encourage you to snack mindlessly whilst watching TV... get up and off the settee. Get yourself out into the fresh air for a walk if you can, or go to a class, for a swim, or just get off the settee and do some star jumps! Do something different to disrupt and change that pattern!
So, who is ready to change their eating habits for the better?