The 200 or so food-related decisions we make on any given day are heavily influenced not just by habit but by our surroundings as well. From the people in our immediate environments who can so easily steer us from our resolve to eat healthier ("Hey how 'bout we all order out for wings and pizza?") to the less-than-healthy food that we bring into our kitchen pantries and refrigerators after a grocery run with no list and an empty stomach. When we plan ahead and make choosing healthy food easy (e.g. fresh chopped veggies or fruit in-sight instead of a candy bowl), we are much more likely to make progress with our health goals.
A powerful guiding axiom I reinforce with my coaching group members to help them make consistent progress with the scale and for minimizing negative environmental influences is:
If you have challenges eating a particular food responsibly, minimize it in your environment.
This guideline isn't meant to promote depriving oneself of favorite foods. (I'm all about balance and moderation.) It simply encourages you to plan around your weaknesses and build on your strengths. (As a personal side note, I have a penchant for ice cream, but know that if I keep it in my home freezer, I'll regularly overindulge. Instead, I enjoy it in small amounts away from home on a rather occasional basis.) Avoiding self-sabotage goes a long way in reaching our health and wellness goals.
My invitation to you:
Set yourself up for success and stay out of your own way. Know your challenges and connect to your Why for making changes.
To your good health!