The reality is, when it comes to phasing out old habits and creating new ones, difficult decisions will need to be made. It may sound harsh, but there is no sugar-coating it! Habits are a blessing and a curse. Breaking them is not a walk in the park (more like marathon training). This doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, or that our attitude towards changing habits needs to be negative.
Every time you make a difficult decision (ex. say NO to whatever food choice that isn’t going to serve you), you build a little more ‘willpower’ muscle! If you make that decision in the moment and it feels like torture, be mindful of how you feel 5, 10, 30 minutes later. You will probably feel like doing a little dance because WOW, you did it!!!!!! Celebrate those small successes along the way.
This process is going to continue to be a part of your life. There probably won’t come a time when you have it all figured out. Life’s ups and downs are going to have a way of creating new challenges. There is an art to being gentle with yourself, but also firm when the time is right.
Plan on making a habit of exercising that ‘willpower’ muscle…. because you are powerful! I KNOW you can do it!
Food is expensive!!!! When I go grocery shopping, I find myself buying things I don’t really ‘need’. An extra bottle of salad dressing, when I still have two at home in the fridge. Fruit galore when I have a bowl of fruit already waiting to be eaten at home. Frozen items when I am not even sure what the heck is in the depths of my freezer!!
Food starts to clutter up the kitchen, sitting unused and eventually going bad. To some degree this is unavoidable, as we never really know how much food to buy (at least I don’t).
However, I have started making a conscious effort to ‘use up’ what I have before buying shiny new things. Finish the bottles of salad dressing. Make a note of how much fruit I have before I go on that next grocery store… you get the picture.
Not only will this help keep your kitchen food-clutter free, but think of how much $$$ you will save in the long term by really using up the food you buy.
Now that I have gotten into this habit, I no longer stock up on unnecessary additional pantry items. I try to buy what I know I will use in the short term. Longer lasting pantry items (like spices, etc) are a little more challenging, but the same method can still apply. It just takes a little awareness, minimal time, and saves you from wasting food and dollars!
Are you a food hoarder or a food minimalist? Likely most of us are somewhere in-between, but I challenge you to try to find a way to improve your current method! Let me know your ways of handling the food craziness!!!