When was the last time you thought, ‘I should eat healthier’? Most people have thought this at one time or another, but what became of it? Did the thought disappear by the next day or did you make some changes?
All of our journeys in changing eating and lifestyle habits are different and depend on where we are in a series of stages of readiness for change. Behaviour change involves a lot of hard work and so it is important that you are truly ready to make a change. What this means is that you shouldn’t be forcing the change (doing it because you think you have to, and not because you want to), as this is not going to be very productive and will only set you up for failure.
The trans-theoretical model of change explains that there are five different stages of change that we move through when we are trying to introduce a new health behaviour into our lifestyle. The five different stages of change are:
Diet culture has unfortunately made many people form very damaging beliefs around food and what the definition of healthy and unhealthy behaviour is. There is so much misinformation out there on the internet and social media that everyone is exposed to on a daily basis. So when we see a client we need to assess where they are in their psychological capacity, which will determine how long it will take to correct their perceptions around food and what it means to be healthy.
Figuring out where you fit in the series is important because it gives us an indication about the types of strategies and techniques that you may need at a specific time point. That way the personalized support that you receive will help you move through the different levels of change and ultimately reach your health and wellness goals. Keep in mind though that each person moves through the different stages at their own pace with some staying in the earlier stages longer than others. This is ok. What matters is that you keep moving forward in the right direction. We can provide you with the continued support to do so through one on one counselling in person or from the comfort of your own home via zoom meetings.