What is behavioral change? Habits are built on our everyday behavior. The way we squeeze our toothpaste can be a habit. The way we put toilet paper on the roll is a habit. Habits are generally picked up in childhood, so it would make sense to examine our habits when seeking to create change in habits that no longer serve us.
As children, we tend to pick up habits based on the habits of our immediate family members, we model our behavior after theirs as we learn how to exist in the world. One of the first things we learn is how and what to eat, and for many of us, this was not taught in a mindful way. This then influences our informed and uninformed nutritional choices later in life.
Understanding nutrition and its role in our wellness is key to changing our dietary habits. And sometimes, what we learn must be unlearned to create space for new ideas, new patterns and new behaviors.
As we identify those patterns, behaviors and habits that are no longer serving, or are even hindering our journey to wellness, we must take time to examine and explore those habits so that we can learn mindfulness in the changes we are choosing to make. This is especially true when it comes to learning to love and nurture our bodies to become healthier and happier.
As we embark on this journey over the next few weeks, we will explore aspects of habit change and nutritional re-education and how we can accomplish the changes we want to make in a sustainable and long-lasting way, with less discomfort or a sense of loss. Habit change is not only about losing a negative or bad habit but creating positive and good habits as well.
Weight loss can be easy for some or feel impossible for others, but wellness and weight management are meant to last a lifetime. We cannot hope to achieve successful habit change without the right tools. Tune in every week this month as we dive deeper into understanding how and why we eat, how to make small and sustainable changes, how to challenge cravings and celebrate healthy habits.
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