If you haven't read my previous post, read that first. After you read that, come back to this post.
Step #6 goes one step further. Once you've stocked you pantry, you need to train your taste buds. Yes, you must actually train yourself to ENJOY your new healthy food. This is the ONLY way to have long term success. Otherwise you're using pure willpower. Willpower will only last for so long.
When you actually like to eat healthy, then you won't need willpower. You won't be able to imagine eating anything other than the best food available. You'll completely forget about the days when you used to eat donuts, pretzels, and deep-fried jelly beans (if you're getting hungry imagining these junk foods you definitely need to train those taste buds!).
How do you do this? Simply get in touch with what is good about eating this way. As humans, we are guided by pain and pleasure. Begin to associate pain with the unhealthy foods, and pleasure with the healthy ones. It is a simple concept, but a bit harder to implement. The trick is that you need to give yourself time. Don't expect to change overnight. Here is your new mantra: "I ain't as good as I'm gonna get, but I'm better than I used to be" (thanks Tim McGraw). If you focus on improvement (not perfection) then you'll be successful.
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