Common knowledge confirms the food we produce impacts our health and the health of our planet. Whether based on health considerations, animal advocacy or any number of personal issues, many people are making more educated and informed decisions about food. Changing habits is a personal decision and requires a certain amount of courage, but it’s important to know change doesn’t need to be an all or nothing dilemma to face. Beginning with the smallest changes offers positive, lasting results.
Many physicians recommend cutting back on meat and opting for healthier plant-based or vegetarian type meals. The association with preventing and even reversing chronic diseases is proven. In addition, the food we choose impacts the health of our planet as well. But how do we change lifelong habits?
According to the National Institute of Health, there are four essential steps necessary to change a habit:
- Contemplation: There is a motivating factor to make a change. Thinking about, even contemplating the change, but not sure where to begin.
- Preparation: Now ready for change and planning how to achieve it
- Action: Working toward the change with some occasional setbacks. Definite progress is made. There is behavior change and new habits are being formed.
- Maintenance: Change is made and the behavior is, for the most part, resistant to relapses.
If you are ready to make changes in your food choices, starting slowly is a great way to begin.There is no need to take on change as an all or nothing project. Small changes help build new habits.
- Begin by cutting back on meat and dairy: Try a little at a time, one or two nights a week.
- Read the ingredient list on any food labels: Avoid additives and words you can’t pronounce.
- Buy Organic where ever possible: This will cut back on pesticides, antibiotics, and factory processed foods.
- Visit reliable sources for ideas and support: Try new plant-based or vegetarian recipes and consider trying them out at restaurants as well.
Small changes have the potential to make a big difference over time. In this case, changing a few habits not only improves our health but that of the planet too. Please contact us for more ideas on living a Green Life in your home.