What are Eating Habits?
Eating Habits are patterns of eating behaviour which you have as an individual. These habits could be anything from eating at certain times of the day, to eating only specific types of food. Eating habits are unique to the individual, meaning that your habits may be entirely different from another person’s.
What influences eating habits?
There are a number of factors which can influence eating habits or any patterns of eating which you may follow. These can include;
- Cultural Background
- Dietary requirements
- Medical Conditions
The lifestyle you lead will have a big impact on your eating habits. For example, if you follow a specific diet, you will be more likely to eat certain foods, with other foods restricted. The same can be said if you are religious; for example, if you are Muslim you may be likely to eat Halal meat only with certain other meats restricted. You may develop certain eating habits through choice or because you genuinely enjoy certain types of food. On the other hand, you may develop eating habits due to reasons which are out of your control, ie, certain medical conditions. There are many different factors which can affect your individual eating habits and they will depend on your own personal lifestyle and circumstances.
How do I change negative eating habits?
In order to change bad eating habits, you will need to look at the root cause of these habits. Looking at why and how these habits have developed will allow you to understand why and how the habit was formed. Eating habits can be formed through a variety of different ways, such as:
An ingrained habit
By looking at these various factors, you will be able to understand where the habit has come from and how best to deal with it. It may be advisable to speak with a trained nutritionist or therapist who will be able to work through these causes and assist you with changing your habits for the purpose of becoming healthier.
Am I hungry or just eating out of habit?
You may not realise it, but sometimes overeating can be down to bad habits as opposed to constant hunger. As bad habits and poor routines develop, you may find that you are over-eating. Circumstances in your day to day life might mean that you are around food more and are far likelier to consume unwanted calories. For example, working from home may lead to eating between meals and underlying medical conditions could also be a catalyst for over-eating.
What effects will bad eating habits have on my life?
Negative eating habits can be highly detrimental to your health and well-being. As well as starting weight gain, it also puts you at a much higher risk of heart attacks and diabetes, as well as the potential for muscle and joint problems, due to extra weight. Habits can also affect your energy levels and productivity throughout the day. This is evident in the consumption of starchy foods, such as bread and pasta, which cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then give you a slump in your overall energy levels for the rest of the day. It is good to remember that we all have poor eating habits from time to time and no-one is immune from these negative patterns.That is why it is important to ensure that you pay attention to the foods you consume and tackle any negative patterns as they arise, in order to have a healthier, more balanced diet.
So it's not just over-eating that will affect me?
Absolutely not! Bad eating habits can take many different forms and are not just about how much you eat, but what you eat and when. Eating constant, sugary foods or only eating at certain times of the days are all related to bad eating patterns.
Can you give me examples of bad eating habits?
Bad eating habits have many different forms and can be classed in the following ways:
- Over-eating or comfort eating
- Only eating at certain times of the day
- Only eating specific kinds of foods
- Eating a sugary snack after every meal
- Not integrating healthy food into your diet
- Eating around work commitments
These are just some of the different forms of negative eating habits and everyone will experience their own individual patterns. The important thing to remember is that these habits can always be changed and altered with a little time and effort, so there is no excuse for not breaking bad patterns!
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