Eight years ago, when I began following my own natural bone building protocol which would later becomes the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, I had to change several old habits. I quickly realized that even small changes required more than just dedication.
I decided to delve into the science of habits to discover techniques that would help make these changes effortless and permanent. That’s when I discovered three techniques that must be followed if we want to implement changes easily and in a lasting way.
So if you’re skeptical of your ability to make lifestyle changes that will lead to healthier bones, I have good news for you today: you can rise to the occasion and form new, bone-healthy habits that will last a lifetime! It’s just a matter of knowing and applying the three techniques I’m about share with you.
The Science Of Learning New Habits
In a fascinating study, which involved 96 participants, scientists discovered something that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Their research showed that integrating a new habit into a person’s daily life, whether easy or difficult, took between 18 and 254 days – an average of 66 days.1 That dispels the misconception that positive personal change is impossible.
So be patient with yourself if you don’t see your new habit becoming automatic in just a few weeks. It may take a bit longer, and that’s okay. The study notes that:
“Performing the behaviour more consistently was associated with better model fit,”1
Yet they also observed that:
“Missing one opportunity to perform the behaviour did not materially affect the habit formation process.”1
In other words, persistence is vital for success, but missing the mark once in a while won’t completely derail your efforts. Don’t give up just because you missed one of your exercise days, for example, or ate mostly acidifying foods one day. Just try again, and the majority of the time you’ll be performing your desired behavior.
Let’s talk some more about how you can succeed in making positive changes.
Three Steps To Habit Formation
Here are three key mindsets to help you form new habits and keep them long-term.
Secret #1: You Must Desire It
If you don’t have a true desire to make beneficial changes to your behavior, doubts and discouragements will creep in and derail your efforts.
Here’s the bottom line: if you want to see results, you need to develop a basic desire to improve. To do this, first determine why you want to form the new habit. If you don’t even know why you’re doing something, you’ll lose motivation.
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program is designed to inspire you with scientific knowledge and information, so you know exactly why improving your bone health without drugs is so important. If you’re confident that your choices are founded on scientific facts, it’s much easier to remain firm in your desire to change.
Secret #2: Know The Consequences Of Resisting Change
If you feel like giving up, remind yourself of the consequences of not following through with your intended change. For example, it may seem like too much trouble to follow the 80/20 plan (80% alkalizing foods, 20% acidifying) and to include as many Foundation Foods as possible. So you feel like giving up and just eating whatever.
Of course, it’s okay to ‘cheat’ every once in a while, but when it comes to every day habits, stop and think for a moment of the consequences of giving up.
If you choose to forego the nutritional way to better bone health, the only other options are to do nothing or take osteoporosis drugs. Doing nothing means you’re just going to stay on the downward spiral toward unhealthy bones, and as for osteoporosis drugs, there are all kinds of reasons to shun these toxic substances.
Simply remind yourself of just what will happen if you don’t choose the “road less traveled.” You’ll end up on the conventional road, which leads to poor health and the risk of dangerous drug side effects.
Secret #3: Find A Positive Image To Move Toward
When you’re determined to change certain habits, you have to create a positive image of yourself in the future as a healthy and successful at achieving optimal bone health.
This is how it works. Visualize the outcome you desire, and make it as concrete and clear as possible.
For example, you might visualize yourself going to the doctor and getting a DXA scan, and the doctor coming into the room to announce better scores. Or you might develop an image of you doing bone density exercises and feeling more energized, and then enjoying your favorite activity with this newfound energy.
You can even visualize your bones getting stronger, more flexible, and denser as you eat the right foods with Foundation Supplements to nourish your bones. These are just a few examples of many.
Then summarize your vision in a few sentences or words that you can post around your home or office to remind you of what you’re working for. You might write, “Better bone scan results” or “energy to enjoy grandkids.” A photograph or picture that typifies your vision can add even more motivation.
A strong positive vision is crucial for sticking with these daily changes long enough for them to become permanent habits.
In other words, forming new habits really comes down to implementing and repeating small changes every day.
A Small Effort Now Will Reap Big Dividends In The Future
When you consider that these small changes stay with you for the rest of your life, learning new habits is a pretty small investment for such a great return.
And here’s something really inspiring: as you form these bone-healthy habits, you’re taking control of your own health. This is one of the main reasons why I am so passionate about researching natural ways to fight osteoporosis – I love sharing information that frees you from being held captive by Big Pharma and the Medical Establishment.
So remember, you are the expert on your own health, and you have the power to form habits that will lead to strong bones for the rest of your life. Now that’s inspiring!
Till next time,
1 Lally, Philippa, et al. “How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world.” European Journal of Social Psychology. October 2010. Vol. 40, issue 6, pp 998-1009. Web. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.674/abstract