7 Steps To Develop A Healthy Eating Habit In Only 7 Days

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How to become the most determined and positive person you know!

While getting older is unavoidable, do you feel as if you’re falling apart along the way?

Daily self-care is paramount to living an abundant, vibrant, and fulfilling way of life. Being overweight has become the norm, but it’s not normal. Almost two-thirds of Americans adults, over the age of 20, are either overweight or obese, and the number is growing at an alarming rate.

You must come to terms with this simple fact—diets are a temporary fix and don’t work for long-term health and wellness. Taking ownership of your current lifestyle and deeply rooted poor habits do.

Follow these seven steps to develop a healthy eating habit in only seven days. By choosing one tip per day to focus on over the next week you can begin to regain control of your overall well-being.

#1.  Are you REALLY hungry? Are you feeding your body? Or are you feeding your emotions?

Your brain can make recognizing what you need as opposed to what you want very hard to understand.

Your relationship with food often changes; when you're feeling unhappy, stressed out, excited, lonely, or bored, you may try to fix those feelings with food. So before you eat, it's important to stop and think; clarify if it’s your stomach that is hungry or if it’s your mind and heart that needs attention instead.

If you're eating for any reason besides physical hunger, you need to reconsider it.

The foundation of your success will be identifying your emotions versus your physical needs. Accept that your journey will require discipline and willpower; you must choose between what you want now and what you want the most.

#2.  It is NECESSARY that you start your new beginning today!

If you begin right now you will start seeing the results one day earlier than if you wait until tomorrow.

It’s vital that you take the first step today. No more waiting until Monday, the first of the month, or whatever excuse you have to put off until tomorrow what you can begin to do today.

The smallest step in the right direction will end up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but at least take the step.

You cannot wait until everything is just right because it never will be. There will always be demands, hurdles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now.

Once you start to see the results the energy begins to flow and you will become the most positive and determined person you know.

#3.  You MUST accept responsibility for your actions.

We all have countless opportunities to head down one path or another. Make good use of these opportunities, listen to your intuition, and be aware of the consequences if you don’t.

Nothing outside of you is stopping you, you’re stopping you and this can be a challenging perspective to accept. You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

No one decides how you think or how much you eat, and assigning blame serves no purpose; own your choices. If you have struggled and failed to eat healthier ask yourself where you went wrong. I’m reasonably certain that you know.

Be accountable and take the steps needed to solve your problems; this action is empowering and will lead to the results you are searching for. If you really want something you will find a way, if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.

#4.  Put an end to the JUNK thoughts that echo in your head.

As you go about your daily life you are continually considering and analyzing the circumstances you find yourself in. You have an inner voice that psychologist’s call ‘self-talk’ that determines how you comprehend every situation.

Self-talk isn’t just mindless chatter; it is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head at any given moment throughout the day. These thoughts can be positive or negative and arise from logic and reason, or misconceptions and a lack of information.

Like food is to the body, self-talk is to the mind; stop focusing on what could go wrong and focus on what could go right. With practice, your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance; if your compassion doesn’t include yourself it is incomplete.

#5.  Set goals so that your best laid plans don’t turn into DISTANT memories.

Defining your goals is essential to establishing sound and clear-cut motivational strategies to reach your health and wellness intentions; they should have genuine emotional appeal and be important to you.

However, you can’t just talk about it; you’ve got to be about it. Your motivation will get you started, habit will keep you going, and discipline will bridge the gap between your goals and accomplishment.

Look at your goals as stepping stones rather than final destinations; reaching the goal is not the end, but the means to another goal. Set them in such a way that with continuous and diligent effort, you can bring them to fruition.

If “Plan A” doesn’t seem to be working for you, stay cool, the alphabet has 25 more letters!

#6.  Your journey to wellness should be about PROGRESS not perfection.

With respect to reaching long term health goals you must stop striving to be perfect 100% of the time. The desire for perfection often leads to disappointment and a feeling of failure.

Your accomplishments will begin with sincere effort and a decision to try. In order to be successful when achieving your goals, your words and actions must align; therefore, it is imperative that you choose them wisely.

Along the way, you must be completely and totally honest with yourself if you are going to move forward and achieve your objectives. Regularly ask yourself if your behavior and your goals are in line. If so keep going, if not modify your actions.

Keep in mind that slow progress is better than no progress; look toward consistency as your goal. Quit expecting your results to be instant, dramatic, and spectacular!

#7.  Document your JOURNEY so you don’t lose sight of where you began.

Changing lifelong, deep-rooted habits will take some time and it can be easy to convince yourself that you are not making positive gains. Therefore, at the onset of your journey you will need to take baseline body measurements and your BMI (body mass index) to track the progress of your efforts.

The intention of these measurements is to be fully aware of the direction you are moving. Because your strides can be so incremental, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re not making headway.

With regularly scheduled measurements you can assess your transformation and evaluate your course of action. Is what you are doing effective and moving you closer to your goals or do you need to make a few tweaks to perfect and individualize your plan? If the plan isn’t working, change the plan not the goal.

Now is the time to envision a healthier life for you.

Knowledge alone won’t be what makes you successful in your efforts to incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle. It lies in the implementation and the doing.

Your success will be intentional, not accidental. Today is the day to commit, to take action, and to make changes. Move forward knowing that you are in charge.

Judy Molinaro is a wellness coach and master yoga instructor at judymolinaro.com. If you want to supercharge your health, download a free copy of her wellness guide 9 Ways To Kickstart Your Fitness. Follow her on Facebook for daily inspirations.

This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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