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There are many reasons why you may not want to try to change your
eating habits. Here are some frequent barriers and solutions to them.
"I'll never be able to do this." Not believing
you can do something is often rooted in fear of failure. People put off making
changes in their lives because of this fear. Solutions include:
"I don't have time to make changes." This
reason not to change is very common. It can take the form of "My life is too
busy," "I'm always feeling rushed," or "I have more important things to do."
"I don't like health foods." Many people use
this reason or variations of it such as "I don't like vegetables," "I don't
like low-fat foods," or "I really crave sweets and high-fat foods. I'll miss
them." Solutions include:
"My family or friends won't support my new
eating habits." Many people are held back from changing their
eating habits because of how they think it will be supported by
others. Solutions include:
"I am not good at making changes." This
reason may take the form of "I'm too old (or fat, or set in my ways) to make
changes." This kind of thinking is based on a fear of change. Often low
self-esteem makes it difficult to change. Solutions include:
To help you identify your own barriers to changing your eating
habits, recall the last few times you thought about changing your eating
behavior but didn't follow through with it. What held you back? Write down your
reasons. Then for each of your reasons, write a response that helps you
reconsider your choice. Look at this list of reasons and responses whenever you
are about to make a choice about what to eat.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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