There are many reasons why you may not want to try to change your eating habits. Here are some frequent barriers and solutions to them.
"I'll never be able to do this." Not believing you can do something is often rooted in fear of failure. People put off making changes in their lives because of this fear. Solutions include:
"I don't have time to make changes." This reason not to change is very common. It can take the form of "My life is too busy," "I'm always feeling rushed," or "I have more important things to do." Solutions include:
"I don't like health foods." Many people use this reason or variations of it such as "I don't like vegetables," "I don't like low-fat foods," or "I really crave sweets and high-fat foods. I'll miss them." Solutions include:
"My family or friends won't support my new eating habits." Many people are held back from changing their eating habits because of how they think it will be supported by others. Solutions include:
"I am not good at making changes." This reason may take the form of "I'm too old (or fat, or set in my ways) to make changes." This kind of thinking is based on a fear of change. Often low self-esteem makes it difficult to change. Solutions include:
To help you identify your own barriers to changing your eating habits, recall the last few times you thought about changing your eating behavior but didn't follow through with it. What held you back? Write down your reasons. Then for each of your reasons, write a response that helps you reconsider your choice. Look at this list of reasons and responses whenever you are about to make a choice about what to eat.
Last Revised: October 21, 2011
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