Why habit change is the best diet in EVER.

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“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

~ Aristotle

 

 

 

HABIT:  An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.”

 

 

 

At its most basic level, a habit is something we do over and over that feels normal to us.  It’s something we do without much thought or deliberation, and this can really work in our favor or against us!

 

 

 

 

Why do habits matter for all of us?

 

 

 

 

Well, it’s like what Arisotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

 

 

 

If we repeatedly do things that are unhelpful to our health or relationships or overall well-doing, then we are creating an unhealthy way of being—that has both internal and external consequences.

 

 

 

And when we repeatedly do that which is more helpful, or healthful, our whole human being responds—mind, body, spirit.

 

 

 

So what we do, at it’s most basic level (habits) each and every day shapes our experience of life. 

 

 

 

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How many things do you do habitually on the average day?

 

 

 

 

If you really think about it, TONS.  Tooth-brushing alone is a normalized pattern of behavior that has a huge health impact—not to mention it’s part in our appearance.  And most of us have been doing this since early childhood.

 

 

 

 

I’ve spent A LOT of time reading about and considering the impact of habit on the way we eat and live and comparing it with the ‘diet’ approach to living.

 

 

 

Having dieted SO many times myself, and witnessed the ups and downs of friends, family and clients through the classic all-or-nothing, binge-and-restrict diet cycles, I just had to wonder the BIG WHY:  what was it that made these diets fail?

 

 

 

Habit. 

 

 

 

Following someone else’s (hardcore and arbitrary) rules can have some effect for a while.  But unless those diets are adopted at the smallest levels into a person’s daily life repeatedly, they are doomed to fail—they won’t ‘stick.’

 

 

 

 

Really, I have yet to find someone who says: “I’m going on this diet, and I’m going to do it FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.”

 

 

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By contrast, when we adopt little, do-able, agreeable behavior patterns and include them repeatedly in our daily lives—because we WANT to, those changes ‘stick.’

 

 

 

We just end up doing them enough to make them our new normal.

 

 

 

“If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.”

 

 

 

Now kicking out or ‘quitting’ an unhelpful habit (I’m staying away from the terms ‘good’ and ‘bad’ on purpose) is just plain tough. Ask anyone who’s tried to quit smoking—cold turkey/’just say no’ is very rarely effective.

 

 

There are plenty of studies that have come up with conclusive scientific evidence that it takes between 21 and 60 days to make a new habit ‘stick.’

 

 

To the best of my knowledge, there’s not one that has conclusive measurements for how long it takes to BREAK a habit.

 

 

So the easiest way to make real, helpful, agreeable, lasting changes in how we eat, think, feel and behave is to focus our efforts on making one small behavior pattern (habit) change at a time.

 

 

Imagine you started a systematic approach of changing one small behavior every two weeks for the rest of the year. 

 

 

–>Maybe those new habits involved changing the portion sizes of foods you eat.

 

–>Maybe those new habits involved eating a higher number of fruits and vegetables you eat each day, or influenced how you shop at the grocery store.

 

–>Maybe those new habits involved drinking fewer high-calorie drinks, or prepping your food ahead of time so it was always ready-to-go, or enjoying treats a couple of times a week naturally instead of every day?

 

 

 

What would the impact of those collective changes be?

How would your life be different this time next year?

How would YOU be different this time next year?

 

 

 

This is why I created and structured The Nourished Mind program as a series of habit changes that have a built-in accountability factor (calls with me).

 

 

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Like I’ve said many times before, we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater;  we want to make our changes as tolerable and meaningful as possible so that they stick.

 

 

I also want you to feel successful and confident in YOUR ability to continue to make and monitor those healthy habit changes and their positive impact on your life and health.

 

 

 

When you get systematic practice making these changes in the way you act AND think, you are empowered with the tools to shape your own life and body on YOUR terms in a way that makes sense to you and just plain WORKS. 

 

 

If you’re ready to stop dieting and start thriving, The Nourished Mind 12-Week Coaching Program is for you.

 

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Check out the details about the program, and get signed up here: http://bit.ly/TheNourishedMind

 

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Let me just leave you with one last thought:

 

 

 

If you started making one small habit change at a time, at a rate of one every 2 weeks for the next year for a total of 26 different habits, how would your body and your life be different?

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it worth finding out?

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