Tired of Trying (and Failing) to Quit Your Bad Habits? Add, Don’t Subtract

When I was in college, I used to eat at least once a week at a restaurant that had blackened chicken pasta on the menu.

I loved this dish so much that it was the only thing I ever ordered. But I really wanted to stop because I knew how unhealthy it was.

It was swimming in cream sauce, and it was so spicy that it kept me awake. Not to mention that it was enough food for two people. I was so stuffed after I ate it that I actually felt sick.

So I vowed – over and over again – that I would eat a salad instead. But every time the waiter took my order, I found myself asking for my beloved blackened chicken pasta.

I felt like a total failure.

One night, I asked the waiter if I could add broccoli to my meal. This simple, positive act made me feel like I had done something healthy, even though I still ate the whole dish.

But once I made this one small addition to my unhealthy meal, it led to more changes:

  • I started asking for tomato sauce instead of cream sauce.
  • I started asking for the chicken to be grilled instead of blackened.
  • I started adding more vegetables, which eventually displaced the chicken.
  • And I started boxing up half of my meal before it even got to the table.

Ultimately, my high-fat, high-calorie pasta dish became a whole new meal (and I ate less of it). I lost weight – and felt a whole lot better – and I didn’t have to cut anything out to do it.

Adding to what you already do is so much more effective than trying to stop doing it at all. And in this week’s video, I’m going to tell you why.

If you’re tired of constantly trying “not to” and failing miserably, this video is for you.

What’s even worse than a bad habit is feeling like a failure that you can’t change it. But if you add rather than subtract and start rather than stop – instead of failing, you will succeed.

Watch the video to find out how to do it!




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Camille Martin, RD

I wasted nearly 25 years of my life trying to lose weight. Now I spend my time running, juicing and "cooking" raw food, and laughing with my baby girls. I thoroughly enjoy growing Love To Lose, so I can teach you all I've learned along the way. I'm beyond excited to help you start your own journey, and I can't wait to meet you one day!
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