Foodist: Habits

I recently started listening to Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting by Darya Pino Rose and as soon as I got to the part about habits a lot of it hit me.

I thankfully was in a parking lot and was able to take some notes, that I want to share with you:

Occasional treats don’t become these banned foods if you enjoy them here and there, especially if you really treat them as real treats.

Having the willpower to tell yourself to never say never and know that you can enjoy a treat at anytime instead of never keeps that food from becoming forbidden.

Keeping the “never” mindset can lead to backfiring and then that’s the only thing you’ll be able to think about until you have it, which will more than likely lead to an overindulgence.

Habits can take anywhere from two weeks to eight months to form, on average two months.

Tiny changes (or replacements) can add or subtract 100+ calories a day, which definitely adds up!
*Changing plate sizes
*Drinking out of a smaller glass
*Eating at the table
*Eating slowly
*Keeping unhealthy food out of sight
*Making sure fruits and vegetables are in sight

The main thing I took out of it was to start simple on habits and work your way up. This is an all or nothing thing. It’ll take time.

I can’t wait to listen to more of Foodist. This is definitely a book I want to take notes on so it sticks with me!

What habit are you working on/would you like to start working on?

Mine is (late night) snacking. Because I’m normally up working late at night, I tend to grab something unhealthy when I’m feeling stressed out/tired.

Thankfully I found these portion control bags at Target and have been using them when I’m out and about and also at the house. They have been very helpful so I’m not just grabbing handfuls of snacks here and there.


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  1. This post is SO TIMELY! Thank you for posting it!
    Julie recently posted..To Splurge Or Not To Splurge

  2. Those bags are so neat! I will have to look for those next time I’m in Target. Thanks for the great post! #sitsblogging
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  3. I’m with you on late-night snacking. Sounds like a great bunch of inspiration about how to relate to food. Here’s to mindfulness!
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  4. I love those baggies- I will def have to look for them. Anything that makes portioning out food easier makes me a happy girl. 😀
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