Eating Healthy: How to get over the barriers
In 2010, after completing a rigorous application and site review process by Meals On Wheels America, we were awarded “Exemplary Status” Magnet Accreditation for our outstanding senior nutrition program.
Changing bad habits to good habits are usually harder to do than we think. Web.MD tells us that with any life changes, there is a step-by-step process to acting on what you’d like to transform and eating healthy can definitely be challenging in our society.
Figuring out your barriers is always the first step and is probably the biggest one too. Ask yourself: What has stopped me from changing my eat habits in the past? What might stop me from eating healthy in the future? After you answer these questions honestly, try and get rid of those barriers. It might be hard, and that is why having support is so important. Asking your friends and family members to be there for you with help you succeed when the barriers start to give you trouble.
There are two types of barriers. One type is a barrier that stops you from start or changing. The second type of barrier is one that comes after you start to change. This one is the “devil on your shoulder” that is telling you to go back to your unhealthy ways and to stop the changing process. Because of this second type of barrier, having a back-up plan for when you start to struggle is really helpful.
Goals are great and are the way to start the changing process. However, if you know these changes will be hard for you, take baby steps. Make your goals smaller at first and work your way up to where you’d like to be. Seeing you accomplish these small goals will motivate you to keep going. Giving up your favorite junk food and replacing it with a healthier option is a big deal so make sure you give yourself a pat on the back!
If you absolute hate healthy foods, give it time and slow it down. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps. It is important to know even switching from a red meat burger with fries to a turkey burger and sweet potato fries is still healthier than where you were at before. Keep pushing through, you’ve got this!