C Is for Consequences: How Well You Understand the Impact of Your Choices
Understanding the consequences of eating something will help you resist the temptation of your cravings. Always take a minute to consider what you plan on eating. How many calories is it? How much fat does it have? How much sugar? How much sodium? Most of us intentionally avoid looking at food labels because we’re afraid of what we’ll see.
However, being aware of what you are about to put into your body is a great way to form a habit of conscious eating. To put the information into perspective, calculate how many minutes you would have to exercise to burn off your snack. Also consider using a health app on your smartphone to help you make better choices by calculating calories and other nutritional data as you go.
Forming Good Habits Takes Time and Conscious Effort
It takes at least a few weeks to form a new habit. Don’t expect to reprogram your brain overnight. It will take a bit of work and persistence, but over time, your cravings will diminish. In the meantime, remember the ABCs when you feel indulgent:
A – Antecedents
B – Behaviour
C – Consequences