Most of us are creatures of habit.
We all go into auto-pilot and buy the same foods from the same supermarket and prepare the same recipes over and over again. We get so comfortable in our ways that it can be hard to give up old habits even if they’re doing us more harm than good. We grow accustomed to eating and drinking the same foods and over time, habits become automatic, making it more challenging to transition across to new healthier habits. However, if you’re really serious about getting healthier and leaner to improve your personal best, then you will need to overcome this and eat to optimise your body composition and maximise your performance.
Even those who manage to change their bad eating habits can easily fall back on their old ways during times of stress. Everything can be progressing well and then you hit a rough patch: you’re bored, lonely, depressed etc and when you’re feeling weak or vulnerable, automatic deeply ingrained habits can often override your good intention.
If you’re serious about eating to support your training and competing, first identify WHY you want to make changes. This is really important, if you ‘WHY’ isn’t 100% clear and highly motivational to you then it is unlikely that you will stay on track. Once you are clear on your ‘WHY’ , using the following three-pronged approach will mean you are more likely to be more successful.
* Identify the bad eating habits you want to fix.
* Ask yourself why these habits exist.
* Figure out how you’ll slowly change your bad eating habits into healthier new ones.
Don’t try to rush. It has probably taken many years to set up these bad eating habits and if you eat a lot of processed foods high in sugar, this is like dealing with a drug addiction and changing to a healthier diet will take time. You’re much more likely to be successful if you take one step at a time. Try to gradually incorporate new habits, make a couple of changes each week and before you know it, you will be eating more healthfully and losing weight.
Eating a healthier diet may be difficult at first. But once you see for yourself how good it makes you feel — and how good healthy food can taste — you have a better chance of succeeding. Over time, your preferences will change and cravings for bad-for-you foods will fade away.
So, over to you. What 3 foods which you eat regularly could you replace with something healthier and more nutrient dense this week?