I have often heard that you get better at something the more you do it. I have seen this principle come true in many areas of my life. So taking this truth in my life and applying it to eating well, I should be doing it more often so I get better at it. Right? By better at it, I mean it becomes second nature. I don’t have to think about it when presented with choices.
Now at one time, I was stellar at eating healthy! I guess that means I won’t have as much learning and practicing to get better again. I hope that is true because I desire to be at that place again in my life where eating healthy is second nature.
If I want to get better at something, I usually break it down into smaller chunks. And then I schedule time to practice & learn. For eating healthy, this means focusing on adding in a few healthy habits at a time. It also means planning my menu and scheduling meals on particular days.
December is a hard month to start, but I have a few plans of action so I don’t waste the month with holiday excuses. My plan includes shopping at Trader Joe’s for most of my food. This will limit many of the foods that I tend to buy that really give little or no nutritional value. I can still get some substitutes for these foods at Trader Joe’s, but it will significantly limit the temptations.
Another part of my plan includes adding in two healthy habits I struggle with regularly. I am going to commit to drinking water regularly – at least half of my body weight in ounces daily. I also am increasing my fruit consumption from 1-2 cups per week to 1 cup per day.
I have already started working on them, but I am putting a reminder to “practice” them daily on my refrigerator. I am sure I will miss days here and there, but as I make them a regular part of my eating habits it will become natural.
My encouragement to you is to find two-three healthy habits to add into your daily life this holiday season. Enjoy the treats this holiday season, but don’t waste the time either waiting until January 1.