I don’t know about you, but for some of us at BePure, we’ve decided it’s time to look at our habits. Good and bad, big or small—it's time to try and determine what works for us.
Let’s take coffee as an example: Having a coffee from time to time is more than just pep in a cup. It's a ritual, a chance to sit down, catch up with friends and have a lovely break from our monitors. Some might say we’re emotionally attached to it.
Emotional attachment to food is not uncommon... but it might not be helping us work toward our wellness goals. Just because something is familiar, doesn’t mean it works for us. And because it’s familiar, it’s even harder to let go. And that’s OK, it’s all about baby steps.
For example, a little while ago Ben started wearing a blood sugar monitor, he noticed a massive spike after drinking his morning coffee. With the instant feedback available Ben realised this was a habit that wasn't serving him.
So, it got us thinking about habits in general: how to know what to keep, what to kick, and how to know which is which?
1. Direct feedback
This is one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to changing or wellness habits. Currently, we don't have easy access to the feedback loop technology telling us what's going on inside our body.
We're pretty sure that one day, our kids (or grandkids) will be shocked to learn that there was a time when we didn't know what was going on in our own body at any given moment! That we didn't realise the full impact of sugar, refined grains, processed foods, and processed fats and how they effect our energy, mental clarity, inflammation and blood sugar levels.
For example, if we ate a croissant or ice cream or KFC, we probably feel full—maybe a little bloated, maybe even a little sick—but once that goes, we promptly forget about that feeling and crave it all over again.
What you can do:
You could get a blood sugar monitor but food journals are also a fantastic way to hold yourself accountable for what you are consuming and how it makes you feel. If this is something you would be interested in doing, you can download the BePure food journal here.
Having a record helps you to identify any trends in your eating habits. Being aware of the impact your food and habits have on you emotionally, is a key component to having a desire to change.
2. Stack the odds in your favour
The key to change is knowledge. If you want to change a negative habit or adopt a positive habit you need to clearly understand WHY you want to make that change.
What to do:
Before you actually start to make any changes google all the negative effects of the habit you want to change. Then compare them against all the positive reasons of why you want to change this habit—how it will make you feel and what it will do for your wellness.
Doing this means you have the best possible motivation going into the change as you've mentally stacked the odds in your favour to successfully break the habit.
3. Setting specific timelines and goals
The reality is life is busy. Try starting today. You don't need to over think it:
- If you want to improve your whole body wellness, you might want to add in supplements to your daily routine. You can simplify this with our brand new, Everyday Wellness Pack designed to help you start and maintain this habit.
- If you want to focus on the food you eat and how it makes you feel, after dinner write in your food journal.
- If you want to move more each day, go for a walk around the block.
- If you want to sleep better, try creating a relaxing bedtime routine by putting your legs up the wall for 10 minutes.
It’s crucial to note that this isn’t about judgement but instead being mindful and present in the moment. Start small, but do it consistently, once you start to notice a change in the way you feel, it will motivate you to keep going, or make other small changes.
What to do:
You don’t need to go it alone. You can opt for an accountability partner like a friend or colleague who might be keen to form a new habit of their own which can be really motivating. Or you might connect with someone else on a similar health journey in the BePure Facebook Community Group.
Wellness is a journey, not a destination. We also need to be realistic with our goals, the habits we set and what else we have going on in our lives. You don't have to be perfect and remember things don’t always go according to plan, and that's totally okay! Good habits beget good habits so the best thing you can do is just start!