Taking Charge of What’s Around You
Some cues are positive and lead to healthy behaviors. Other cues are a problem and lead us to overeat or be less active.
CUES ⇒ BEHAVIORS ⇒ HABITS
Environmental (ie: the weather, time of day, where you are)
What we see & smell
How we feel physically (ie: hungry, tired)
What we are thinking
How stressed we feel
Certain activities (ie: watching TV)
For example, watching a football game with friends is a social cue for many people to eat snacks and drink beer or soda. Social cues sometimes make it hard to stay on track with healthy goals.
Change Can Happen!
Not all cues are problems, however. Some cues will help you eat healthier and be more active. So the goal to make healthy lifestyle change is to reduce your problem cues and add helpful ones.
Remember it takes time to break old habits and build new, healthier ones. Change does not happen overnight.
Take a moment to think about the food and activity cues that are helpful and those that may be derailing your efforts to be healthy.