How to acquire healthy eating habits?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is a state of biological, psychological and social balance, and not merely the absence of disease. There are risk factors that can break this balance causing you to lose your health. These risk factors are: controllable and uncontrollable; we can change the first one, but, obviously, not the second.
You probably have one or more factors you can’t change, such as having a genetic or hereditary condition, obesity, Diabetes, etc., or if you’re older than 35 years of age, as after this age, you are more susceptible for these diseases.
Even if you have these uncontrollable factors, there are others which you can change; you might have more than one of these, for example, your eating habits, the physical activity you do, your resting habits, among other everyday life habits, and if you change them you can make a difference.
These factors you can change are your chance to lower your risk of disease and protect yourself! as you’re the only one responsible for these, activities, customs and habits.
Identify how many of these factors you can change. Make a plan to gradually modify these controllable factors.
Setting Goals to Stay Healthy…
Setting goals in health care is a very important part of living well.
Goals are set by people, based on their needs, preferences and priorities. Therefore, the first step is to reflect on what is important for you in terms of health.
Goals in health care are measurable results of actions we take.
One way to set goals, is to define a long-term objective, as well as, all the short-term goals that will help you achieve the long-term one.
1) If you weigh 75 kilos (165 lbs) and want to weigh 70 Kilos (154 lbs). You need to lose 5 kilos (11 lbs).
Your doctor or nutritionist will advise you to keep a daily log of what you eat, and to not exceed the recommended amounts to lose 4 kg (9 lbs) in two months.
The long-term goal is: to lose 5 kilos (11 pounds).
The short-term goal is to keep a record or food report every day, keeping track of what you eat.
2) If you want to become an active person, your short-term goal is to increase your physical activity, giving it priority over other activities. Start with 5 or 10 minutes of biking every day and increase them gradually by five minutes each week.
Goals are a desire or purpose you have regarding your health: something you want to achieve and want to plan. You need to set your priorities, for example, the most important thing is nutrition, so you can feel better and lose some weight, then increase your physical activity, then give yourself time to do what you like, etc.