Going Plant-Based Habit Change Program

Introduction

Before we find out more about switching to a healthy diet, it will help us a lot to learn about how habits are formed and, perhaps most importantly, kept.

My name is Alan Twigg and I’m really excited about this module because it provides us with a tool for making changes in all areas of our life, not just diet and health. I promise that you’ll discover a lot of new ways of implementing changes in your life. This program will also help you to kick bad habits and create new ones.

Habit Change Program

Introduction

Before we find out more about switching to a healthy diet, it will help us a lot to learn about how habits are formed and, perhaps most importantly, kept…

Identity Change

But it’s one thing to be motivated to make change, but it’s a completely different thing to make any changes lasting…

Make it Rewarding

The cardinal rule of behaviour change is “what is immediately rewarded is repeated. What is immediately punished is avoided.”…

How to Build Habits

In this section, we are going to take an overview of the four steps that make up any habit. We will start to look at the “nuts and bolts” of habit change…

The Best Way to Start

So we know why we want to change and we are motivated to make the change. We’ve learned that our identities, that is, the way we see ourselves is our most potent weapon when it comes to creating lasting change in our lives…

Environment

It’s easy to overlook the importance of environment when we’re thinking about making a change in our lives. We are driven far more by our environment that we like to admit…

More on Environment

Habit change is not about self-discipline and trying to resist temptation every day. Behaviour change based on will power is destined to fail…

Make it Attractive

The food companies have been deliberately manipulating our primeval desires and cravings to create products that we find irresistible…

Make it Unattractive

In addition to making our new habits attractive, we should think about how we can make our old habits unattractive. Food represents one of our most fundamental needs.

Role of Family and Friends

We humans have a very strong desire to be accepted by others. There have been many experiments carried that show that we will go to great lengths to fit in.

Momentum

When you want to learn something new or establish a new habit, it’s far better to just throw yourself in and do it rather than spending too much time on thinking about it.

Make it Easy

In the last session we talked about the importance of getting started when it comes to forming new habits and behaviours. It’s better to take any step no matter how small or how imperfect than to wait until everything is just right.

Procrastination

However, I thought it would be a great idea to include these ideas about avoiding procrastination in this module, because they are so useful and can be applied in many other scenarios…

Commitment Devices

Another approach to making sure you follow through with a new habit or behaviour that you want is to create what is known as a commitment device…