Habits are the little things we do over and over again without even thinking about it. Just like breathing we don’t even notice we are doing it most of the time. We all have our habits around food addiction and overeating. Certain times of the day we eat, certain types of foods, when we have certain feelings, after doing a certain activity. For example, I had a really bad habit of eating sweets at night after everyone went to bed while watching my favorite TV shows. I did it every night without fail. Most of the time I wouldn’t even realize I had eaten an entire package of cookies until I ran out and then would think “holy cow how did that happen?”.
So if we all have those unhealthy habits that lead us down this path of food addiction and obesity then to break out of that we will need to form healthy habits. Makes sense, right? Making new habits takes some work though.
“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” -John Dryden
Today’s journal prompt is all about making new habits. I actually have a couple of printables for you today. So if you would like you can download the first printable which is the building healthy habits worksheet below or you can simply write them out in your journal.
The first thing you need to do is identify your bad habits. Write down all of your habits around food. Anything that leads to addictive eating or unhealthy eating. Next to that write down a healthy replacement habit. For example, I eat a candy bar every day on my break from work. A healthy replacement might be having a healthy snack instead. Replace the negative with something healthy. It’s best to work on one healthy habit at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with to much change.
Now that we have the habit we are going to work on we need to make a plan. How are we going to be successful? In the example above we could look for healthy snack ideas, prep them ahead of time, and have them available and on hand during break time.
Finally, you are going to want to practice your new habit. Practice makes perfect. There is a saying out there that it takes 30 days to make a new habit. I’ve heard this is true and that it is not true. Regardless, the theory is good. If you practice the same action every day for 30 days chances are it is going to stick. The more you do it the better. Make sure to track your new habits. I have made up a habit tracker you can download below or just keep track in your journal or planner.
Track your progress and see how you do. Reflect at the end of the month how it went. Did it work out? Did you stick to it? Do you feel better? Then you can go back to your list and choose another new habit and start the process over again while maintaining the first healthy habit. Before you know it you will have all the bad habits replaced with good ones!
Let me know in the comments what habits you are working on.
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