Getting out of a habit may seem daunting, but the good news is, by getting out of an old habit, you are already forming a new one. Just like you can get used to having dessert after dinner every night, you can get used to not having dessert after dinner every night. It just takes a little time -- usually 2 weeks is enough for food habits -- of not doing what you're used to, and then TADA!, a new (good) habit is formed.
To help get you through the sometimes tough period of adjustment (when you are craving frozen yogurt with sprinkles so badly it's taking over your entire being), it's helpful to fill the time you used to spend on the habit with a specific planned activity. For example:
- When I get the craving for dessert I'll go through my dresser and find clothes to give to the Goodwill.
- When I'm at work and I get the craving for salty snacks at 4pm, I'll leave the building and go on a 5 minute walk around the block, breathing deeply and refocusing my attention.
- To prepare for the craving I know I'll get for my nightly glass of wine, I'll go the grocery store and find 3 new cool herbal teas that I can jump up and make as soon as the craving strikes.