It discusses habits.
Specifically how to break habits, not by slowly cutting down on something until you’ve eliminated it, but by cutting yourself off and cutting it out and stating that you just don’t do that, eat that, use that, or whatever that is. If you state “I don’t” instead of “I can’t,” you’ll take out the choice, and eliminate the decision making. If you tell yourself you are temporarily eliminating something, like candy, for a few months until you hit your goal weight, then you’ll inevitably revert back to the behavior after a while.
When I decided about a year ago, that I was going to stop eating pork, I had a few reasons for doing so. But it was certainly a choice that I was making for life, not one that I intended to be temporary. So it was a no-brainer for me. I don’t miss it. I don’t say, “I can’t eat that because it has pork in it,” I just say, “I don’t eat pork.” Period.
So, when trying to think of some things in your life that you could cut out with this method, the author warns that they have to be small and you have to go slow. I can’t say JUNK FOOD as a blanket, like “I don’t eat ANY JUNK FOOD.” I will never believe that one. It’s too extreme. I know I would never stick with it forever.
The author says to start with things you won’t really miss.
Candy that’s not your favorite, for example. Malted milk balls could go first for me. I wouldn’t eat one of those if you paid me. They make me truly nauseous, so they will be first on the list.
Write it down and the date you gave it up, he says.
Then once you are used to it, move on to something else. Eventually, though, you’ll have to move up to something that you do enjoy. Or else what is the point, right? Maybe once I get to that point, I’ll start will chips. As most of the time I don’t eat chips, but boy, when I do eat chips, look out. It’s like there’s a prize at the bottom of the bag or something.
Once I have it well established that I don’t eat chips, I can move on to something else. Something I eat on equally rare occasions but that I find to be dangerous when I do. Gummy candy maybe? I could start by saying I don’t eat the green ones. Because I can really do without the green ones…
There’s no need to limit this idea to weight loss or healthy eating. I’m sure there are plenty of other ways this can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.
What about you? Need any help breaking bad habits? Think this will work? I don’t see how it could hurt!
Here’s the link to the article again. Give it a read!
Let me know what you think.