Module 2.

Make it Invisible

 

Habit change is not about self-discipline and trying to resist temptation every day. Behaviour change based on will power is destined to fail.
In his book “Atomic Habits” James Clear tells the story of heroin addicts in the Vietnam War. By all accounts up to 20% of the soldiers were addicts.

Yet a study found that when these same soldiers returned home to the United States, 90 percent of them stopped using heroin. The habit disappeared.

The reason for this was clear. Once the soldiers retuned home, the triggers or cues that had been causing them to take heroin were no longer there. So they stopped. This is the power that environment has over habits.

Why Make Meat and Dairy Invisible

The good news is that you’ll only need to make these things invisible at the beginning. After a while, most people who switch to a plant-based diet start to feel uncomfortable at the sight of meat and dairy. Especially meat. Personally, I now find it repulsive to walk past all the meat and dairy isles in a supermarket, but I never used to. So my reality has clearly changed.

So we want to make meat and dairy invisible in our lives. We want to do this because it will make it far easier for us to avoid. We won’t need to resist temptation and we won’t need steely self-discipline.

Obviously, the best first step is to remove it from our cupboards and fridges. If you live alone, this will be easy, If you live with others who aren’t ready to join you on your journey, this will be a little more tricky.
Depending on how you feel, you might want to consider eating any remaining meat and dairy products that you have at home.

But if you’ve watched the videos and films in the previous section and are so fired up that you can’t imagine eating it anymore, maybe you can give it away. Surely it would be a shame to waste food, especially since an animal has given its life for it.

What If You Live with Others

Later in this course, there is a session on friends and family. If you’re the cook it will be far easier to get everyone else on board. After all, you’re the one doing the cooking.

But for the sake of argument let’s say that you live with others and that there’s no way that they are going to join you on your journey. What can you do to prevent you seeing the meat and dairy that the rest of the household wants to eat.

Perhaps you can agree on a meat-and-dairy-free zone in the fridge. Try to make sure that you healthy zone in the fridge is at eye level. You don’t want to be tempted by your old eating habits, especially at the beginning.

Can you also do this for the shelves and cupboards that you share with others. Maybe as the others in the family see that you are serious and that you are buying and or preparing delicious food, they will be more willing and happier to join you later on down the line.

1. Introduction  |  2. Identity Change  |  3. Make it Rewarding  |  4. How to Build Habits  6. The Best Way to Start  |  7. Environment  |  8. More on Environment  |  9. Make it Attractive10. Make it Unattractive  |  11. Role of Friends and Family  |  12. Momentum | 13. Make it Easy  |  14. Procrastination  |  15. Commitment Devices

About Module 2:

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.

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 module will also help you to kick bad habits and create new ones.

Module 2.

Make it Invisible

 

Habit change is not about self-discipline and trying to resist temptation every day. Behaviour change based on will power is destined to fail.
In his book “Atomic Habits” James Clear tells the story of heroin addicts in the Vietnam War. By all accounts up to 20% of the soldiers were addicts.

Yet a study found that when these same soldiers returned home to the United States, 90 percent of them stopped using heroin. The habit disappeared.

The reason for this was clear. Once the soldiers retuned home, the triggers or cues that had been causing them to take heroin were no longer there. So they stopped. This is the power that environment has over habits.

Why Make Meat and Dairy Invisible

The good news is that you’ll only need to make these things invisible at the beginning. After a while, most people who switch to a plant-based diet start to feel uncomfortable at the sight of meat and dairy. Especially meat. Personally, I now find it repulsive to walk past all the meat and dairy isles in a supermarket, but I never used to. So my reality has clearly changed.

So we want to make meat and dairy invisible in our lives. We want to do this because it will make it far easier for us to avoid. We won’t need to resist temptation and we won’t need steely self-discipline.

Obviously, the best first step is to remove it from our cupboards and fridges. If you live alone, this will be easy, If you live with others who aren’t ready to join you on your journey, this will be a little more tricky.
Depending on how you feel, you might want to consider eating any remaining meat and dairy products that you have at home.

But if you’ve watched the videos and films in the previous section and are so fired up that you can’t imagine eating it anymore, maybe you can give it away. Surely it would be a shame to waste food, especially since an animal has given its life for it.

What If You Live with Others

Later in this course, there is a session on friends and family. If you’re the cook it will be far easier to get everyone else on board. After all, you’re the one doing the cooking.

But for the sake of argument let’s say that you live with others and that there’s no way that they are going to join you on your journey. What can you do to prevent you seeing the meat and dairy that the rest of the household wants to eat.

Perhaps you can agree on a meat-and-dairy-free zone in the fridge. Try to make sure that you healthy zone in the fridge is at eye level. You don’t want to be tempted by your old eating habits, especially at the beginning.

Can you also do this for the shelves and cupboards that you share with others. Maybe as the others in the family see that you are serious and that you are buying and or preparing delicious food, they will be more willing and happier to join you later on down the line.

1. Introduction  |  2. Identity Change  |  3. Make it Rewarding  |  4. How to Build Habits  6. The Best Way to Start  |  7. Environment  |  8. More on Environment  |  9. Make it Attractive10. Make it Unattractive  |  11. Role of Friends and Family  |  12. Momentum | 13. Make it Easy  |  14. Procrastination  |  15. Commitment Devices

About Module 2:

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.

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 module will also help you to kick bad habits and create new ones.