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Strategies for Giving Up Bad Habits
Whether you want to stop eating that midnight snack or you want to stop talking to your ex once and for all, getting rid of bad habits can be tough. It only takes one minute of weakness to talk yourself into a bad decision. The "just one cookie won't kill me" attitude is a slippery slope.

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Develop a Mantra

When temptation or self-doubt arises, you can repeat a mantra you have created, to recall yourself back in your self-disciplined state of mind.

Think of a quick word or phrase that you can...

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Write Down Your Reasons

We give in to temptations due to our emotions winning over logic, as indulgence offers us temporary relief.

Create a List, with clear reasons for staying under control and all the ways you wi...

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Make Bad Habits Harder to Do

Sometimes, bad habits are just too convenient and we're used to them, so creating obstacles that make the bad habit a challenge to perform will take care of impulsive actions and indulgences.

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Grow Stronger Mentally

Giving up bad habits and defeating temptations makes us mentally stronger and more reliable.

Overcoming mistakes and slip-ups also helps build our mental muscle.

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Long term change is better served by building better habits, than by forcing your willpower. 

You will choose the apple over the cake for a number of times ... and then give up. Building a habit to start the day by going to the gym will work better.

Habits = “automatic” responses...

 ...to familiar environmental cues. 

They form when you engage in a behavior repeatedly in the presence of consistent stimuli.

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The reasons we crave junk food

  1. The sensation of eating the food: what it tastes like, what it smells like and how it feels in your mouth.
  2. The blend of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates t...

How craving are stimulated artificially

  • Salivary response: the more a food causes you to salivate, the more it will cover your taste buds.
  • Rapid food meltdown: this tells your brain that you’re not full, even though you’re eating a lot of calories.
  • Calorie density. junk foods are designed to convince your brain that it is getting nutrition, but to not fill you up.
  • Memories of past eating experiences: When you eat something tasty, your brain registers that feeling and will bring it up in the future.

Building better habits means changing your environment

Most people think that building better habits or changing your actions is all about willpower or motivation. But your environment has an incredible ability to shape your behavior.

Nowhere is this more true than with food.

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Our Intuitions can be Wrong

The underlying cause of our bad behavior, procrastination, slacking or avoiding something that is beneficial may or may not be what we think it is.

We need to identify our own self-defeating ...

What We Believe In

If we believe that we are powerless and stop fighting against the enemy we've created, then we lose our inner strength and resistance to fight, as the body reacts according to our mind.

What our mind believes, our body accepts.

Finding an Enemy

Going anti-something, finding a villain, or a fictional antagonist to our lives makes us work harder, as a force awakens in us wanting to defeat the enemy.

We need to embrace this enemy in our lives and realize that even though this is just us fighting against ourselves, the fight is worth it.