I know this is getting a little off subject and I had my doubts whether I should go down this path but it was just a thought I had the other day and I decided to run it by you all.
My thinking was that this slow and steady approach would probably work with changing a persons eating habits. The problem with most diets is the slap you in the face cold turkey approach where you change too much too soon and all you feel is deprivation. Couple this with the theory that it only takes two weeks of removing yourself from a certain temptation before the cravings start to disappear I believe a person could slowly eliminate bad foods from their diet with less difficulty and with a higher success rate of sticking with the changes.
Here is what I propose:-
Remove one bad food from your diet today. ***Do not eat any of that particular food item for two weeks by this time the craving for this item should be starting to subside. At the end of the two week period remove another bad food item from your diet. Repeat from *** until you are satisfied that your diet has improved to a degree that you are happy with. By this time you should be eating a much healthier diet and your weight should be improving.
Below is a list of the kind it items I had in mind…
- Soda / softdrink / pop
- Candy / lollies
- Chips / crisps
- Full cream milk
- Sugar laden cereal
- White Bread
- I am sure you know what your own weakness is so I wont elaborate any more.
Replace these bad foods with a healthy alternative such as fruit if you are truly feeling hungry.
I would also suggest that you could still indulge in these foods in moderation as a treat occasionally so you don’t feel deprived causing you to give up.
Instead of choosing a particular food item in a two week period you could choose one of the following…
- Lower the portion sizes of your meals
- Cut out one snack a day
- Replace one beverage (tea, coffee, milk drink) with water
- Replace a heavy breakfast with a wholemeal cereal with low fat milk
- Start cutting back on the size of your coffee (from venti (20 oz/625ml )to grande (16 oz/500ml) to tall (12 oz/375ml)
- If you are a fast food junkie try replacing one meal a day or every other day (depending on how much of a junkie you are) with a healthy alternative such a lean meat and steamed veggies or salad (no dressing).
- Replace white bread and regular pasta with wholemeal alternatives. More info.
If anyone is game and gives this a try please keep me informed of your progress or lack there of if this idea was a complete dud.
Here is some inspiration for Tiny Buddha to get you thinking about making a change of anything in your life.
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