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Ten Things I Learned: #9 Healthy Becomes A Habit

Healthy Becomes A Habit

Healthy Habits

I had never thought about health as a habit. Smoking was a habit, biting your nails was a habit, but health? Than shortly after we ended the Whole 30 (and I figured out you can do anything for 30 days), I discovered that eating healthy had become a habit. It wasn’t something I obsessed thought about, it was just something we did. It had become our lifestyle, not something we went out of our way to do.

Developing Healthy Eating Habits

Experts say it takes anywhere from 30-60 days to develop a new habit. For it to be ingrained in your routine and become part of your lifestyle. We found that for us it was about 45-50 days of eating healthy. After that, we didn’t think about it as much. It wasn’t weird to go shopping and skip over all the junk. The cravings were gone, and it was the rare exception when we ate something that wasn’t Paleo. This was a huge change from the deep-fried, fast food, high carb diet we were used to.

The Exercise Habit

And it wasn’t just our eating habits. The exercise routine had become a habit too. I missed the time at Ed’s Gym on the off days, even though my body needed that time to recover. And when I missed a few days for an out of town trip, everything felt off. And I couldn’t wait to get back in the routine.

It was weird, but after about a month and a half, our world had changed. Because healthy becomes a habit.

What healthy habits have you developed this past year? What will you do in 2013?

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