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    Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits – It’s Your Choice

    Sun, Apr 12, 2009

    Healthy Habits

    Many times we do well with sticking to healthy changes in our eating habits only to find ourselves slipping back.

    It starts slowly until one day you wake up and find that you are back to your old ways.

    It's happened to me too. 

    The good news is that once you do something consistently for only a few weeks, or sometimes even less, it becomes a habit.

    Here are some simple techniques to develop healthy eating habits and to help you keep it that way.

    1. Am I hungry? Ask yourself if you're really hungry or if you're eating out of convenience or emotion. Many times you probably aren't as hungry as you think, so try to get involved in a different activity instead of snacking. I like to say 'let's not and say we did'.

    2. Water, water, and more water. Drink a lot of water each day. Not only is this good for your whole body (both inside and out), it can actually make you feel full. Also, oftentimes when you think you're hungry, your body is actually thirsty, so keep yourself well hydrated. For me the trick is to start the day right. First thing in the morning I get some water with lemon in it ready, even if I don't drink it right away, I get to it a little later and that puts me on the right track for more.

    3. Try chewing gum. Putting something in your mouth like gum or hard, sugar-free candy can help convince your brain that you're eating. Sometimes you just feel like chewing!

    4. Divert your energy. Instead of putting all your energy into making two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon, try taking a walk or doing something that requires you to use your hands, like knitting or woodworking. It's pretty hard to do these and eat at the same time. And sometimes we are just making food out of boredom or habit. Try something different.

    5. Allow yourself snack time. Choose healthy snacks instead of chips and salsa or chocolate bars. For snack time, try eating celery, popcorn without butter, fruits, or a make-your-own trail mix with raisins, nuts, and dried fruits.The trick to snacking isn't so much about not doing it, as a matter of fact,a healthy snack can be more help than harm, it's choosing the right snacks.

    * A good hint for snacking is to have healthy snacks readily available in your home, and unhealthy snacks completely out of the house; that way, the healthy stuff is easy to grab.

    When I did this the kids grumbled the first week or so, now they don't even miss it and go for the healthy stuff too. That was a huge step for a bunch of processed food addicts. It was just a matter of doing it and providing lots of good alternatives. And being a good role model myself.

    If you do all of those things consistently, it won't be hard to stick to good eating habits.

    The big thing to remember is your own frame of mind. If you start allowing yourself to break your rules, you are heading down the wrong path, one that you are going to have to work hard to get back on later.

    It is not going to get better, or work itself off. In all likely hood, all of the little cheats and detours are going to land exactly where you don't want them too, and you will suffer for it later.

    Be very aware of your baseline and how often you go out of bounds. If it seems to be becoming more often, put the breaks on now. The sooner the better.

    That's the best thing you can do to stay in the habit of healthy eating. 

    And now I would like to invite you to claim your Free Instant Access to Surefire Weight Loss Success Tips, a free printable created from my own personal weight loss success tips that you can refer to every day to keep up your healthy eating habits, and a new Smart Tip ever week when you visit SIZZLIN' – SMART Tips.

    From Jan Ferrante, the Queen of KAOS.

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