Adopting new dietary habits to build health and wellness

It’s smart for us to regularly receive and embrace new and positive dietary habits. Developing healthy dietary habits helps us to build better health, regardless of our current state of health. But eating healthy requires planning, effort and time. It just does. There’s no getting around it. It’s a struggle for a lot of us. It’s challenging to do all the things required of a healthy eater. But we can eat healthfully when we take deliberate action. It’s a matter of adopting new dietary habits.

But if you’re committed to doing it, you must be equally committed to a PET mentality. In other words, it’s best to recognize from the outset that there are three things critical to your success: Planning. Effort. Time. (PET)

This is your first order of business. Establishing good dietary habits requires planning. Make this your priority. If you don’t plan, you’ll succumb to poor food choices. If you fail to plan when you’ll shop, what you’ll buy and when you can prepare it, you can easily find yourself eating out, eating processed foods and eating the same things over and over again. Besides planning, adopting new eating habits requires …

Prepare to place some of the following tasks on your To Do list:

  • Shopping for fresh, whole foods and deciding how to select and store them.
  • Shopping more than one time or one place per week.
  • Traveling further to the market that has healthy foods and avoiding the closer conventional market that stocks fewer healthy and organic offerings.
  • Spending more money to buy organic and wholesome foods (not to mention transportation costs like gas, cabs or public transportation). To offset these costs, the money may have to come from your dry cleaning budget or your streaming bill.

Eating healthy also requires you find something that most of us don’t have enough of …

  • Preparing shopping lists of healthy, wholesome foods.
  • Finding recipes online, if necessary.
  • Preparing food (including cutting, chopping and rinsing food).
  • Washing dishes (especially if you don’t own a dishwasher).
  • Educating yourself about nutrition topics.

How much effort do you expend on controlling what you eat? Are you doing the best you can do right now? If you’re truly focused on improving your diet, can you make a better effort? We can build good health through good nutrition. If you want to be a better you, it requires determined effort. Determine if the extra effort is worth it. If you’re reading this blog post, I think it must be.

You probably won’t be able to do all these things at the same time. Just, do what you’re able to do until you can do a little more, until you establish a rhythm to your new PET mentality.

Put your PET mentality to work!

  • Plan on adding one or two organic vegetables to your meals next week.
  • Make the Effort to shop for, store and prepare these vegetables.
  • Set aside enough Time to take care of steps 1 and 2.
Cute puppy is adopting new dietary habits

Adopting new dietary habits as well as developing and fine tuning your PET mentality will be ongoing. So, you’ll always be a work in progress. We all are. Is cultivating your PET mentality easy? No. Worth it? Most assuredly, yes. 

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