Food is one of the great joys of life but with great happiness comes habits that end up doing more harm than good in the end.
Eating healthy was never something I prioritized growing up, I was a picky eater as a child and my parents had a hard time getting me to try different foods that weren’t eggs and hotdogs. Thankfully, I grew out of it and fast forward 22 years later I can honestly say that I’ve always been guilty of succumbing to a yo-yo diet, this happens for a lot of reasons.
Internal stress and external factors can easily get the better of even the most disciplined health fanatic, falling off the bandwagon happens-and it’s normal to pick yourself up and do better next time.
In this post, I’ve gathered the top 5 most common bad eating habits and mapped out ways on how you can move forward to kicking the habits.
#1. Skipping Meals
I do this mainly when I’m busy and just can’t be bothered to look for food, when you’re stressed one of the last things on your mind is food-sad but true. Recently, I’ve been guilty of skipping breakfast and that’s the most important meal of the day. I crushed that counterproductive habit by preparing my meals ahead of time (if I had time) and keeping some nutritiously filling snacks inside my bag.
Always opt for the healthy and filling option if you can when you’re out to eat, you’ll feel fuller, livelier, and less drained of energy throughout the day.
#2. Justifying Bad Food Choices
Excuses will always be just excuses, it doesn’t lead to promising results and makes it easier to make more excuses in the future. Food is fuel and how we go about our day is due to the energy that we exert on our tasks, you choose what you eat and therefore you choose the kind of energy to equip yourself of during the day.
Exercise more discipline when choosing food to eat, if you have a goal to stay healthy or to lose weight then just keep reminding yourself how hard you’ve worked so far- don’t jeopardize it now.
#3. Distracted Eating
Eating while watching your favorite show or while animatedly talking with friends or family is a habit for everyone. However, it also paves the way to consuming more food that you’re aware of. You’re so distracted that you don’t even register the amount of food that you’re eating and most of the time unless you slow down you won’t even feel that you’re full.
Savor the food and don’t just glomp it down in conversation- be diligent and give ample time for your stomach to digest the food.
#4. Peer Pressure
As shallow as it sounds we’ve all been in a situation where we had to break a good diet to eat out with friends or family, maybe more times than what was really necessary. Even a strong resolve can crumble when it’s under enough pressure if you’ve packed a healthy lunch and snacks to school and work, don’t be shy to eat it in front of everyone who bought their lunches.
It shows dedication and you may even end up inspiring others to eat better too.
#5. Not checking the label
I know this may sound extreme to some but it proves to be effective in cutting out the bad food from your system entirely. Before I would just buy anything that looks healthy and low-fat based on the cover of the box, I admit that it was too much work to check and read the label.
When I started to become more aware of how much sugar and salt was actually in the food that I was buying I was shocked- I made it a habit even until now to be wise in my purchases and to always read the label.
If you’re going to read the fine print in a contract before signing it then do the same with the food you’re about to eat.