When we want to change or improve ourselves, it’ll require some amount of challenge. The bigger the change, the greater the challenge.
Why is it hard to change our dietary patterns?
We’ve learned from the last two days of introspection that many of our food habits come from nurture and nature. Some risk factors are genetic and make us prone to develop certain diseases. Familial and cultural practices aggravate the risks. We can’t undo the outcomes of such habits overnight. We can’t be complacent either. The transformation has to start somewhere.
In many faith traditions, such transformation often happens in 40 days. The great flood in the time of Noah occurred in 40 days. Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days. Jesus went to the desert for 40 days after His baptism. Then He spent 40 days on earth after His resurrection before ascending to heaven. There are 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter (not counting the Sundays)—a period generally associated with self-reform.
In my own experience, I’ve often allotted myself 40 days to develop a habit—20 days to unlearn the old and 20 days to learn the new.
Food addictions will be hard to give up unless we adopt a healthier option to replace them. Substitution can be a good tool—our halfway home to health, so to speak. What habit(s) have you decided to let go of and what healthier options will you embrace for the incoming days to meet your goal?