Losing pregnancy weight can be difficult when you’re stuck in a cycle of bad eating habits and struggling to stick to your healthy eating plan.
At first, these bad habits can seem difficult to break, but like with most patterns they can be changed once identified.
The good news is that many people have successfully broken bad eating cycles and habits, so no matter if you’re a binge-eater, junk-food fan or prone to emotional eating, there are tried and true ways to successfully stop these patterns, which some people have followed their whole lives.
Here are some ways to interrupt the vicious cycle of bad eating habits:

1. Make Your House a Junk-Free Zone

Having chips, chocolates, packaged cakes and lollies in the house is a sure-fire way to ruin your healthy eating plan. In this case, out of sight is definitely out of mind. Simply do not let these types of foods in the house, your pantry or fridge. Vigilance is required so avoid walking down the chocolate aisle while at the supermarket and politely tell friends and family about your weight loss goals so you can avoid being gifted boxes of chocolate when it’s your birthday or Easter.
Instead, make a concerted effort to ensure your fruit bowl is constantly stocked with oranges, apples, and bananas, and fill your pantry with healthy snacks like raw nuts, dates and rice crackers. If you home is well stocked with nutritious, tasty snacks, you won’t go hungry.
If you have time, make these Healthy Rum Balls so you have something to turn to when the chocolate cravings strike

2. Stop Being Polite

This may seem counterintuitive, but many women end up overeating or eating the wrong foods because they are being polite. Whether it’s the slice of cake your neighbour offers you, or the high-calorie deep fried chicken your mother-in-law plans to make you when you visit, take control, communicate your needs and stop eating foods you don’t want to because you are being polite and don’t want to offend.
If you are offered a food that you know isn’t the best choice (or just aren’t hungry at all) find ways to say no without feeling guilty or offending. Simply mention you are committed to a healthy eating plan, are really grateful for the offer and would prefer a cup of herbal tea or black coffee instead of dessert. People will understand and probably admire your determination to stay true to your weight loss goals.

3. Know Your Triggers

There are common reasons that trigger binge eating on bad foods.  PMS, stress, tiredness, hangovers and following overly restrictive “crash” diets are common reasons people end up turning to bad food choices, and derailing their weight loss efforts.
If you’re prone to eating high-calorie foods when you’re stressed, learn to find coping mechanisms that aren’t related to food. Meditation, deep breathing, yoga, walking and other forms of exercise are good ways to combat stress instead of binge eating.
If you know you crave chocolate when you’re experiencing PMS, try a nutritious Chocolate & Mint Healthy Mummy Smoothie instead of devouring a block of Cadbury’s.
Find out more about emotional eating and how to avoid it here

4. Change Your Routine

Do you always meet your friends at cafes? Do you head straight to the Candy Bar at the movies? Make the commitment to change your routine and avoid temptation in the process. Instead of meeting your friends at a café where cakes, muffins and other calorie-laden treats await, simply make the choice to grab takeaway coffees and hit the park for a brisk walk and catch up. When at the movies, bring your own snacks instead of always getting a choctop or box of Maltesers.
These cottage cheese and sultana pikelets are good, low-calorie snacks to pack for a morning in the park or night at the movies.

5. Make your own takeawayhealthy_eating

If you’re accustomed to buying takeaway food every Friday night try replacing this habit by cooking a healthy version of takeaway. While takeaway food is no doubt tasty, the amount of calories within a takeaway meal is often an unknown factor. When you’re cooking your own version of takeaway, you can control the ingredients and method of cooking, so you know the amount of calories you’re consuming.  By cooking your own takeaway, you’ll not only be saving calories, you’ll also no doubt end up saving money too.
Why not try this recipe for Healthy Coconut Chicken Burgers?
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