May 15, 2023

How To Change Your Habitual Eating Patterns


We’re honored to have the work of Wellspring Camps Executive Director, Eliza Kingsford, featured in the Spring issue of the Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters Magazine. In this fantastic.

Making changes to your eating habits can be challenging, especially if you’ve developed unhealthy patterns over time. However, with some persistence and commitment, you can adopt new, healthier habits that support your overall health and well-being. Here are some tips for changing your habitual eating patterns:

  1. Identify your triggers: Before you can change your habits, you need to understand what causes you to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors. Whether it’s stress, boredom, or a lack of time, knowing your triggers can help you develop strategies to avoid or cope with them.
  2. Set realistic goals: Don’t try to overhaul your diet overnight. Instead, focus on making small, incremental changes that you can sustain over time. For example, start by swapping out one unhealthy snack for a healthier option, or adding more vegetables to your meals.
  3. Plan ahead: To avoid making impulsive, unhealthy food choices, plan your meals and snacks in advance. This can help you stay on track and make healthier choices, even when you’re busy or stressed.
  4. Keep a food diary: Writing down what you eat can help you become more mindful of your eating habits and identify areas where you need to make changes. Consider using a food diary or a mobile app to track your meals and snacks.
  5. Find healthy alternatives: Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite foods, look for healthier alternatives that you can enjoy guilt-free. For example, swap out sugary drinks for water, or opt for a smaller portion of your favorite dessert.
  6. Surround yourself with support: Making changes to your eating habits can be challenging, so it’s important to have a support system in place. Consider joining a support group or working with a registered dietitian who can help you develop a personalized plan.