Habits to consider breaking

Going to the grocery store when hungry Vs Only grocery shopping after a meal or high protein shake
Skipping breakfast Vs Plan the night before what you will have for breakfast, even prepare it (cut up fruit,  freeze fruit to put into a protein shake in portioned bags, etc.
Letting yourself get too hungry Vs Eat at least every 4 hours during the day.  Add protein to each meal or snack
Going more than 4 hours without eating Vs Have healthy snacks, nuts,  veggies, dark chocolates,  fruit available and with you at all times
Eating most of your food in the evening Vs Try to have most of your calories before 5 pm, starting with a breakfast that has approximately 30-40% of your daily calories
Forgetting to drink all your water Vs Fill large containers of the specific amount you plan to drink each day, and drink until gone
Eating too much at a meal Vs Fill plates in the kitchen with the desired amount of food, and do not put  extra food onto the table (either in the pot or serving dishes)
Grabbing high calorie food from refrigerator Vs Put high protein, low fat/calorie foods in clear containers at front for easy access.  If there are “forbidden foods”, put them in the back of the refrigerator in opaque containers
Having tempting food around Vs Just don’t buy it.  Clean out your pantry seriously
Enjoying  baking Vs Continue to bake…find healthy  recipes on the internet, magazines, friends
Not walking enough Vs Just put on your walking shoes/clothes, and put one foot in front of the other
Eating while watching TV, gaming, using phone Vs No food in eyesight of TV, (ever thought of how the invention of the TV table has contributed to obesity?), hang up the phone, turn off computer when eating.  Eat only in your designated eating place, sitting down to eat and savor food.
Getting so tired that you will eat anything Vs Avoid the fatigue in the first place by eating every 4 hours, drinking adequate water, and keeping your blood sugar high enough for you to think and function.  Also, try lying down only 5 minutes every hour or two.  It rejuvenates
Eating when you are anxious, tired, bored Vs Close eyes, meditate, deep breaths, until you are calm.  Then do something far more interesting than eating

What is the hardest habit you ever broke?  What helped you make this change? Please click on the “Leave a Comment” link next to the date at the top of the blog under the headline. I’d love to hear from you!

By Dailey Grainger, PhD, ARNP, founder and CEO of Next Health Now, a Nurse Practitioner in the forefront of helping make America healthier.

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