How to Develop a Healthy Eating Habit

nutrition-and-integrative-medicine-300x162Integrative medicine is designed to treat the whole body. Through a combination of healthy eating and healthy living, an integrative medicine practitioner can change someone’s life. The goal is to eliminate the medications, treat the root cause and feel changes that last the rest of your life.

When looking for such long-term change you must understand that an integrative medicine practitioner can give you the blueprint to healthy living and help you along the way, but to really feel the effects a habit must be formed. A habit is essentially being able to do something without thinking about it. There is no effort involved. Like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, going to work. These are the things you do every day and give no thought to. But there was a time in your life where it was effort. As a child all kids have to be told to brush their teeth or take a shower. It wasn’t until you did it repeatedly over a long period of time that it became a habit.

Another factor involved with forming a habit is seeing the benefit. When you were a child you probably didn’t want to take a shower or brush your teeth. But as you continued to do it you realized the benefits of it; whiter looking teeth, cleaner skin, and a better look. Now that task that seemed like a huge effort became something you wanted to do every day. It started to become a habit and by seeing the benefit it was possible.

Developing a healthy eating habit is the exact same way. Right now if you’re eating habits are lackluster, then eating healthy probably feels like effort. Having a doughnut in the morning seems much easier and tastier then making some eggs. Eating a salad with lunch probably feels like a challenge when a bag of chips is tempting you.  It is understandable. But know that if you were able to build other habits like brushing your teeth and getting a shower, you are just as able to build a healthy eating habit. Here’s how.

Start off small and keep things very simple. If you have already paid a visit to your local integrative medicine doctor then they should have given you a clear outline of healthy foods you can eat. Don’t go all in right from the start. Start off with a piece of fruit every day. Eat an apple, orange, grapefruit, etc. Whatever fruit that you really enjoy eating. If it has a great taste it won’t feel like as much effort. Do this for a two-week period. Next find a vegetable that you really enjoy. Eat cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, etc. Whatever it is that you enjoy eat it. Incorporate this in with your current diet for two weeks.

Now a month has passed and you are eating one fruit and one vegetable every day. Keep eating these and now incorporate one healthy meal into your week. It doesn’t matter if it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. It also doesn’t matter what day of the week it is. Find a healthy meal you think you will love and then cook it. Each week add an extra healthy meal.

As time continues on you have very slowly incorporated a healthy diet into your life. You have been eating fruits and vegetables for months. Just about every meal you eat is healthy and your life is changing. It may feel like it is too slow. But building a habit takes time, by doing this so gradually you set yourself up so that it is impossible to fail.

You will also notice a change in the way you feel. Eating healthy for a long period of time boosts your energy and lessens if not eliminates your aches and pains. Just like with showering and brushing your teeth, you see the benefits and you continue forward. Your taste buds will start to change as well. When looking at a doughnut or a bag of chips you will not feel the craving. Instead you will desire fruits, vegetables, beans, lean chicken, etc.

With expert advice from integrative medicine practitioners like Dr. Jorge Bordenave you can set yourself up for long-lasting success. Heal your whole body and make the change that lasts a lifetime.

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