7 Days of Spring Cleaning For Your Health – Day 1: Food Thoughts

BreatheIt’s the first day of spring and we all know what that means… SPRING CLEANING!

There is no better way to kick off the season of renewal than by clearing out all our junk we don’t need anymore. From the kitchen junk drawer to the back basement corner we all naturally collect things that accumulate and then slowly begin to physically hamper our movement, impede our ability to find things, and weigh on us mentally.

Your body acts much the same way as your home.  As we live each day (to the fullest of course!), we accumulate toxins, extra calories, and bad eating habits.  These unnecessary extras are adding stress to our body and our mind that we must clear out!

We’ll take a look at some ways to identify your bad eating habits and guide you  through them in a minute, but before we do, I believe it is necessary to address a common theme I am witnessing.  As a 1st world country, we have forgotten that food is energy to live!  We’ve gotten so used to having cheap food available to us all the time that our food decisions are about what brand or what flavor we like most, not how we are going to secure our next meal.  We truly do have “1st world problems” most of the time, not real problems.

So to start this spring clean, we must clean out how we think about food.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do I really look at food?  As fuel, flavor, or comfort?
  • What are some of my bad food habits that I would like to change?
  • Is there a trigger that is connected to a bad eating choice?
  • Am I conscious of a bad eating decision or just going with routine?
  • What are the consequences of my poor choice?
  • Do I feel better or worse after I make this choice?
  • Do I allow my environment to push me into making poor eating choices?
  • Can I remove my trigger or change my environment if necessary?
  • Do I have someone I can rely on for support in making a change?

When I asked myself these questions, there were a few answers that pointed to some bad habits I have.  For example, I like to treat myself myself to lattes and hot chocolates when I have an opportunity.  I know this is not a terrible thing, yet it’s not helping me reach my diet and nutritional goals.  I tell myself that it’s a treat, but can something I do 4 or 5 days a week be called a treat?  Probably not.  My trigger is usually when I am alone running errands or grocery shopping.  So to change my behavior, I must consciously make the decision to either not stop at the coffee shop at all or choose black coffee or tea instead.

What things are you going to change to improve your own food thoughts and choices?

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