By applying the principles of how a habit is formed we can develop healthy eating habits that lasts a lifetime.

I have been eating differently for 11 months now!  My migraines are pretty much gone, I’m healthier, and happier. One thing for sure it did not happen overnight. I started my healthier eating  journey with a group of women and men at my chiropractor’s office.  It was suppose to be 10 weeks but I felt so good I refused to go back to where I was on day 1.  I had to make what I had learned a habit if I wanted to continuously get the results I had during the class.

My advice to you: You will never be healthy, eating healthy foods occasionally. You have to make healthy eating a habit if you want to obtain nutritional health. People jump on the band wagon of healthy eating when they read books or view websites that talk about nutrition. While many of these books and websites tell you what you should eat in-order to be healthy, they fail to teach you how to make healthy eating a habit. Thus in a short period of time when temptations come, people fall right back into their old unhealthy eating habits.

What is a Habit? According to Webster’s dictionary a habit is a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.

Can you see that if we simply apply this principle to healthy eating we will be on our way to vibrant health?

Bad Eating Habits:

Bad eating habits do not develop overnight. For most people these habits began forming when they were kids. Thus one reason why many adults have a hard time breaking their bad eating habits is because these habits have been a part of their lifestyle for many years.

Why Do We Eat Food?

There are two main reasons why we eat food. One is to supply fuel for our body. The other reason is for pleasure. Unfortunately some of the foods that gives us pleasure are unhealthy.

Most people make their food selections based on what they see, smell or taste. Look at these three sentences: That pie sure looks good! That pie sure smells good! That pie sure taste good!

Notice that all three statements involve food and pleasure. However the food that is producing the pleasure (in this situation the pie) may or may not be good for you from a nutritional standpoint. That is why we need to be wise in our food selections and not simply leave it up to our sense of sight, taste or smell.

Eating Healthy Can Be Enjoyable:

Some people think of eating healthy as being boring and tasteless. I think that one reason they feel this way is because most of the commercial ads we see promote foods high in calories, fat, or sugar and only a small percentage of food advertising is done for fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Thus if there was more nutritional education, more and more people would find eating healthy to be pleasurable and tasty.

How Healthy Eating Habits Changed My Life:

For 5+ years I suffered from migraines not knowing why.  I have doctors bills piled high from my desire to get answers.  Let’s not mention the many days I missed work because I just couldn’t drive, tolerate noise and light, or to be around other people.  Last Summer my business partner, Jennifer, suggested I visit the chiropractors office she was interning at after seeing several people get assistance with headaches. Thank God I listened to her.

I have been athletic all my life. I cheered, ran track, and played basketball.  But when I went to the doctor I was not expecting to hear the bad news he gave me. All the fun memories I had created may had caught up to me in my adult life.  He told me I had a damaged muscle in my neck, something I was doing would cause this muscle to enlarge and trigger my migraines.  All I could think was ‘Really’?

After several visits he introduced me to a program that was coming up to help with eating.  Pretty much we would eliminate everything minus fruits and vegetables for 2 weeks.  Then slowly add what we loved back into our meals.  I agreed to participate only if I would not lose weight.  That was the beginning of my path to healthy eating habits that turned my health situation around.  Long story short I found out the gluten in  foods I loved was the bad guy.  It would take 2-3 days for my body to say it did not like what I gave it.

Today I can honestly say that I am in excellent health. I feel great, I sleep great, people tell me that I look under 21,(ha!) I do not take any type of medication, my blood pressure is normal, my blood sugar is normal, my cholesterol is normal, my immune system is strong, and the list goes on.

It is great to be in good health and I thank God for it. However, I do not believe that I am healthy because of chance.  I take personal responsibility for my health. Making healthy eating a habit was a great part of my responsibility. Our physical bodies have laws that are governed by proper nutrition. If we violate these laws by consistently eating unhealthy foods, we are going to get sick.

To Your  Health & Success,
Monica Bundy