Restrictive HabitsDec 14, 2021
Habits you’ve had for years and years won’t just change overnight.
When you want to make changes to your life, don't expect to make overnight changes.
A habit is a behaviour that has been repeated enough times to become automatic.
A routine is a habit that is practised often enough for it to become second nature. A ritual is a series of actions performed in a certain sequence with the same emphasis or meaning. The purpose of rituals is to bring about change and/or to reinforce something. Rituals are not about what you do, but about how you do it.
With restrictive habits around food, you need to learn to loosen the reins a little.
You can start by introducing a few new foods, such as fruit and vegetables, or by having a treat every so often, like a slice of cake, instead of eating it at every opportunity. If you find it difficult to follow the recommendations of the dietitian, it is important that you try to keep a record of what you have eaten over the past week, and also how you feel.
Ask yourself WHY you restrict certain foods. Is it because you feel you can’t control yourself around them? Fear of weight gain? Or a misguided view and opinion around certain food groups?
With the clients, I've worked with over the years the best way to deal with these habits is to slowly incorporate the “forbidden foods” into their diet in moderation. Once you allow yourself permission to eat these foods every day they no longer are seen as an issue. You can prove to yourself that you can control yourself.
Food is in abundance. You get to eat these foods every day for the rest of your life. What’s better to eat these when you like them in moderation or to try to exercise control every time you want them??
Education and awareness around nutrition also have a huge part to play in changing these restrictive behaviours.
Knowledge truly is power.