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Learning New Health Habits One Piece at a Time


Replacing bad habits with good ones is a lifelong process, so it only makes sense that these things need to be done one step at a time. The easiest way to stop eating something that is harmful to you, or to start a new exercise program, learn a new language, or go on a diet is one step at a time.

"How do you eat an elephant?" the old joke goes. "One bite at a time." Just so, the only way to get lasting results from a new habit is to start slowly, "one bite at a time."

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If you're interested in eliminating sugar or caffeine from your diet, it's best to start small. Say no to that second coffee at lunch; or have your toast with almond butter and honey instead of jam.

If you're training for a marathon, or you'd like to lose weight by jogging, start with baby steps. If you overwork yourself in the first few days or weeks, you won't have the stamina to continue training and achieve your long-term goals.

The only way to change habits for the better and to have those changes last is to instill them slowly, one piece at a time, into your daily life until the new pattern is your habit and the old, bad habits are a thing of the past.