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Part 2: How to Change Bad Habits, by Substitution – FOOD

In Part 1, we covered the SELF-TALK aspect of how you can change bad habits via substitution. Today we cover food, something we all must do, but sometimes abuse. Weight gain and unhealthy practices can be remedied. Using substitution to change bad eating habits into ways that can help people lose weight, or become healthier, is a snap!

Compare these two scenarios:

Scenario 1: Cut sugar completely out of your diet. Seriously, cut it out altogether. Then you go to the grocery store and see a cheesecake in the deli that is calling your name, but you *have* to resist it, because after all, your new goal is before you… but… that cheesecake… Oh My God! It looks sooooo good! Just a bite… you buy it and later eat not just one, but TWO pieces!

Scenario 2: Substitute all purchased ready-to-eat sweets/junk food with something healthy and homemade. If you see a cheesecake in the grocery store, purchase the ingredients to make a healthier alternative. Use stevia or Splenda or another natural sweetener with a diabetic recipe for cheesecake (believe it or not, some of these can taste delicious!). Enjoy a piece, and remember to drink water with it so you don’t overeat!

Avoid tee-totaling: abstinence rarely works to change bad habits

Total avoidance and tee-totaling is like abstinence… it rarely works unless you have a super strong will that is made of iron. Most people do not. Substitution, as you see, is a more forgiving way to change bad eating habits, because it helps you develop new habits to REPLACE them.

Replacement is substitution. That way, you are not feeling left out while everyone else is eating things. After a while of this, you will find your diet is more fulfilling, and you can change bad eating habits into better ones.

Some people have migraines or pain associated with their diet, due to unrealized food allergies, or similar. Consider substitution in this area as well by reading Julie Daniluk’s book: Meals that Heal Inflammation: Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain, One Meal at a Time.

If health is your goal, consider this book for great substitution diet ideas – Susan Smith Jones’ book: Health Bliss: 50 Revitalizing NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Promote Vibrant Health

Substitution of new in place of the old can help us change bad eating habits

Substitution is great for things like losing weight or becoming healthier, where we can choose wiser choices like substituting smaller plates for larger ones, eating brown rice instead of white rice, whole wheat flour instead of white flour, natural sweeteners like agave nectar or stevia instead of white sugar, fruit instead of desserts, or raw vegetables instead  of lifeless-overcooked ones where the vitamins have been boiled out of them.

This way we can feel we are getting something and not denied the delicacies and wonderful enjoyments of the world. We can easily change bad habits of eating junk food by substituting fruit, and vegetable snacks for chips, candy, or soda pop.

For people wanting to eat healthy, or even a raw food diet, by substituting raw foods for junk food, consider Jenny Ross’ book: Raw Basics.

See Part 3: How to Change Bad Habits, by Substitution – EMOTIONAL ISSUES

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The author of this story is a freelance contributor to National Nutraceuticals’ online news portals, such as Amino Acid Information Center at http://www.aminoacidinformation.com and http://www.medicinalmushroominfo.com, as well as http://www.todayswordofwisdom.com and http://www.vancouverhealthnews.ca (most of these articles are posted in multiple locations with permission).

2015 copyright Sharon Buydens

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Part 3: How to Change Bad Habits, by Substitution – EMOTIONAL ISSUES

In Part 1 (SELF-TALK), and in Part 2 (FOOD), we covered how to deal with these issues via the concept of substitution—substituting one thing for another in order to change bad emotional habits into good habits. In this last part of the series we will discuss emotional issues.

So how does one substitute emotional issues? Instead of trying to deny your feelings, or emotional state, or call a duck a platypus, or vice versa, you can deal with them honestly, and directly. Admit if you have a problem. Talk about it with a professional, trusted friend, or family member.

Next simply find alternatives—substitutions—to the BEHAVIORS that have been getting you into trouble, so you can develop new habits that will change bad emotional habits already wreaking havoc in your life.

Substitution to change bad emotional habits/issues and other problems too

Substitution is better than quitting something “cold turkey” because it joins us with SOMETHING rather than the feeling that we are left with NOTHING.

Many addictions, whether it is caffeine or smoking or overeating, can be solved by substitution. For instance, smokers often substitute food (or vaping in excess, because of the hand-to-mouth connection) when they try to quit smoking, and wind up gaining weight; but it does not have to be this way.

Substitution to change bad emotional habits into new ones can work by utilizing the opposition principle… just start focusing on doing the opposite if there is a need to develop new habits regarding things like:

– overeating
– laziness
– overeating
– anger
– hatred
– bigotry
– self-righteousness
– lust
– unhealthy sexual practices
– spending money
– sickness
– sorrow
– evil
– fear
– pride
– lack of exercise
– temper
– depression
– an unruly tongue

These emotional issues above are just to name a few. These supplant (crowd out) our true/highest selves. Real transformation to change bad emotional habits can occur through substitution. Start small, and let it grow over time. Just keep being conscious to add more substitutions into your life as time passes each day.

If selfishness is a problem, then change bad emotional habits in this area by consciously choosing something self-less to do instead.

Do it again, and again, until it becomes second nature. Then you will have developed a new habit.

For problem areas such as anxiety, teenager issues, or money problems, consider Richard Carlson’s three books:

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff–and it’s all small stuff (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Series)

Don’t Worry, Make Money: Spiritual &∓ Practical Ways to Create Abundance andMore Fun in Your Life

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens: Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Series)

Also there is a variety of resources on additional topics for self-transformation here at Hay House.

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The author of this story is a freelance contributor to National Nutraceuticals’ online news portals, such as Amino Acid Information Center at http://www.aminoacidinformation.com and http://www.medicinalmushroominfo.com, as well as http://www.todayswordofwisdom.com and http://www.vancouverhealthnews.ca (most of these articles are posted in multiple locations with permission).

2015 copyright Sharon Buydens

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