You may want to get a healthy start to your spring, but trying to make too many dietary changes at once is a recipe for failure. In our speed obsessed society it’s no wonder we are attracted to fad diets that claim “overnight” success, 30 days to a new you, or lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Here’s the truth, we are creatures of habit, and habits are hard to break. Phillippa Lally and her colleagues studied 96 volunteers, and their research proved it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to turn an activity into an automatic process. The more simple the change was to make the quicker it will become a habit. For example, adding an apple a day may be a simple way to increase the fiber in your diet. Plus, when you make smaller changes, if you mess up it’s easier to self-correct.
Try replacing one bad habit with a new good habit. For example, if you usually snack when watching TV, instead of telling yourself no snacking while watching TV, try munching on some raw vegetables. Or rather then snacking, try replacing eating while watching tv with another healthier activity such as knitting or some light exercise.
This spring, rather then doing a spring cleaning extreme overhaul on your diet, commit to some small changes. You may be able to stick to those fad diets for a week or two, but to really change and turn your eating habits around it’s better to slowly change one poor eating habit at time.