Instead, make a few small changes
When the 1st of the month comes, it’s time to find the old list of dietary choices you made last year (or last year?) And get yourself ready to deal with them again.
We often find it difficult because our to-do list is too long.
We are creatures of habit, and it just takes time to learn new habits.
Do you intend to try a diet?
Here’s a suggestion for you – don’t try to make all the changes at once.
In fact, try to focus on three small changes a month by the end of the year.
If you work on building only three new habits in a month, you won’t be too tired of trying to focus on too many things at once. By the end of the month, the three new habits will be part of your routine!
Think about what you want to do first. Let’s say you want to reduce your sugar intake. Your diet decisions for January may be:
- I will eat fruit for dessert instead of cookies (or chocolate);
- I will cut my drink intake by half;
- I will switch from sweetened yogurt to plain yogurt.
Maybe eating too much fat is your problem. In this case, your diet decisions this month may be:
- Instead of fried potatoes (or chips) with my lunch, I’ll have a salad;
- I will switch from plain salad dressing to one with low fat content;
- I will drink my coffees made with skim milk instead of whole milk.
If portion control is what you need to work on, your decisions for the month might look like this:
- I will use smaller plates when I eat at home to control my meals;
- When I go out to eat, I will ask the waiter to put half the food in boxes for home and serve me the rest;
- I will weigh and measure my meals several times a week to make sure I stay on track.
This month is a time for a different approach to your dietary choices.
Make these few changes, give them a month to settle, and then upgrade those changes month after month.