Good Habit Builders
Better Health Can Be Habit-Forming!
Do you have a habit of stopping by a deli every morning on the way to work? When you decide to start eating healthy, it wasn't easy to switch from "bad" habit (daily muffins and croissants) to "good" (healthy eating) - but it can be done. If you are ready to change an unproductive habit, try these suggestions.
Change the Program — Patiently
Reprogramming yourself requires patience. After all, it took a while to develop certain habits; it will take some time to change them. Expect it to take about six weeks to truly adopt a new habit.
Consider the Consequences of "Bad" and "Good" Habits
For instance, Sue began to think of the empty calories and potential weight gain associated with her daily habit. Then she thought about how a healthier breakfast would help her feel more energetic, fit, and slim.
Choose a New Habit
Just deciding not to go to the deli, as Sue did, is a great first step. But replacing the old habit with a new one is even better. Sue decided to replace her unhealthy eating with convenient options such as a nutritious shake and fruit.
Until your new actions become automatic, good planning helps you stay on track. Stock up on fruit and shakes so you won’t be caught empty-handed.
With a willingness to change, plus patience and preparation, you can replace any unproductive habit with a "good" one that leaves you healthier and happier!