Here are ten tips that will help you work systematically on your eating habits:
1. Be practical and specific
Make a list of all the elements of your lifestyle that you think should change. Be specific and always start with the most important issues. For example, if you never have regular meals and mostly eat out, the insufficient amount of water you drink or the scarcity of green leafy vegetables in your diet are not your greatest problems.
2. Choose 2-3 specific goals
Pick at most one demanding and difficult goal (for example, eating three main meals a day, preparing your lunch before you leave for work, etc.) and one or two easier goals (for example, adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet).
3. Have a look at the calendar
Consider whether the coming month will be a good time to make the changes you have decided you need. An upcoming renovation of your apartment or a regularly recurring avalanche of responsibilities at work may not be the fertile soil in which to cultivate the freshly sown seeds of your good habits.
4. Adopt simple rules
To be satisfied with your work, you need to be able to assess your progress. Decide on a milestone for the consolidation of your new habit you would consider satisfactory. If you want to exercise regularly, start with two workouts a week; if you would like to eat more vegetables, add at least two handfuls to each of the three main meals.
5. Make sure you can do it
Your goal should be ambitious, but above all realistic. If you have a gut feeling that you will not be able to achieve it, reconsider the goal and lower the bar.
6. Monitor your progress
This is the key element, because it will allow you to see clearly how you are doing. You can use symbols or colours to mark days in the calendar when you managed to achieve your goal, or you can download an app that will help you monitor your habits.