Your environment can have a serious pull on your subconscious and can push you to do things without even really knowing why you are doing them. Some of the triggers can be subtle but they can make it hard to change your behavior. If you are wondering why you are healthy all day, only to sit down with a pint of ice cream in front of the TV every night, it could be because you have very strong associations between your home, your TV, relaxing, and that particular habit. It is not willpower tripping you up, it is your surroundings.
First step. Don’t keep foods in the home that you can’t stop eating once you start. Keep your kitchen clean with only a few healthy foods in plain sight, such as fruit on the counter top.
In addition to these steps, it can be helpful to mix up your surroundings. You could rearrange your living room, put up new pictures, and watch TV in a different room. Create new rituals for yourself in the evening. Try a different way to relax such as reading a book, having a bath, or doing a jigsaw. Also try giving yourself something different to do with your hands and mouth such as knitting, drinking tea, or chewing gum.
Changing to smaller plates, having healthier food (and fewer options) in the house, changing the channel when food ads come on, not watching cooking shows on TV, leaving your guitar in the living room, and putting your work out clothes on are all ways that you can improve your surroundings to help you make healthier choices.
Changing habits can be hard! Arrange your environment to work for you, to help you make the best choices and increase your chances of success.
Now I challenge you: What changes can you make to your environment to help you achieve your goals?
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