Robyn Priebe, RD, nutrition director at Green Mountain, is back today with a bit of a twist on my Monday post on listening to yourself.
All too often I see people respond to the same situation so differently. For example, I frequently get questions about the benefit of food journaling. Typically I do not recommend that someone journals her intake every day. I find that more often than not, this can make people feel restricted or controlled. And quite frankly, who has time for that every day? However, on occasion I meet someone who raves about food journaling and the sense of accountability it gives her and how it’s helped her make better food choices over time. So, for that particular person, it works. For others, maybe not.
Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that some old habits that worked for us in the past are worth resurrecting. At the same time, old habits that we believe should help improve our health or our eating habits, but have just never worked for us, may be worth letting go. Not every “diet guideline” is bad, provided following that guideline has a positive outcome and we are not rigid about following it. I might find that journaling every day makes me feel restricted, but journaling when I’m trying to assess the best way to improve my food choices feels totally different and supportive.
In the end, when considering resurrecting an old habit, ask yourself, “What was the outcome?” If getting up at 5:00 AM to work out actually works for us and feels good, then do it. If attempting to get up that early leads to hitting the snooze button for 2 hours straight until we drag ourselves out of bed feeling guilty and sleep deprived, then it’s not worth it.
What habits have helped you in the past that you think might be worth adopting again?