Someone who took my 30-second survey commented that they’d like to know how to break bad habits. I thought this was a GREAT topic. How many of us know it’s the bad habits we have that are holding us back from where we want to be? I do.
Before we talk about how to break a habit, thought, let’s break down what a habit is in the first place.
Put simply, a habit has a few personality traits (note: this is NOT an academic or clinical definition of a habit, and that’s OK for the purposes of this discussion):
It’s probably easier to talk about habits if we have one specific we’d like to break in mind. Let’s take the one I hear about the most often: Snacking. (And I don’t the once-in-a-while, I’m-on-vacation-so-I’ll-have-this-special-cookie snacking.) Does snacking fit the above criteria:
Now, I think simply saying, “I’m going to break this bad habit by doing this thing instead,” may be cheating you out of a very important part of the process. Yes, you have to figure out how you’re going to break the bad habit but first wouldn’t it be interesting to find out WHY you’re engaging in it to begin with? I would argue that until you know why you’ve got this habit, finding a more beneficial habit to practice in its place may be like putting a bandaid on a wound that actually needs stitches.
So let’s talk about a simple way to create awareness around the habit:
Now let’s say you’ve just gone through this exercise for a few days or a week (or more). Are you seeing any patterns? Are you snacking around the same time every day? Are you being cued by certain emotions? Is there a particular food you’re craving? Are you feeling anything physical before you eat your snack?
Here are the most popular triggers I’ve heard for snacking (does any of this sound familiar?):
Those few triggers above are each pretty different, right? But now you can see that knowing what’s triggering your habit can help you start to figure out which more positive, beneficial habit you can practice in its place! What might help you cope with stress? If you’re bored, what habit could you create to help you get out of your boredom? What can you do earlier in the day to prevent you from feeling hungry or dissatisfied a few hours after a meal?
So I’ll leave you with this for now. If YOU are someone who feels like they have a bad habit they want to break, try the above and let me know what you find out!
Last week I posted recipes for Chilled Carrot Soup Shooters and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus (yum!). This week, I'm bringing you another kind of hummus AND something to satisfy your party guests' sweet teeth without slapping them in the face with a sugar bomb.
Now, I personally never read the whole story behind other bloggers' recipes. I just scroll straight down to the recipes SO: I'm just going to get down to business !!
Let's make some food!
Makes about 4 cups
4 medium beets (the reason I'm not telling you how many pounds here is because sometimes when you buy beets, the greens are heavier than the beets themselves)
3 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 roasted garlic cloves (since I'd already roasted one head of garlic for the cauliflower hummus, I used cloves from that head instead of raw; read about how to roast garlic here)
1 tbsp cumin
Zest from 2 lemons
Good pinch of kosher salt
NOTE: This recipe is adapted from one I found at SimplyRecipes.com; I thought the original was a little too runny so I added tahini. I also found that it tasted better 24 hours after making it so don't be afraid to make ahead!
Green Smoothie Dessert Shooter
Makes about 6 cups (so, about 16 3-oz shot pours)
3 big handfuls of baby spinach
4 sprigs of cilantro
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 of an avocado
2 cups of whatever kind of milk you want (I prefer cashew or flax seed milk)
Some kind of berry for garnish