Personal Behavior Change Project
This semester, I decided to make eating a healthier diet my positive health change to focus on for the next couple months. Specifically, I want to include more vegetables in my diet and eliminate fast foods completely. In four months, I plan to have three kinds of vegetables every other day with my meals and to stop eating fast food during that time. I want to work on this goal because I notice the difference in my body when I eat fast food four times a week and vegetables about once a month. I always feel more tired and more acidic when I eat fast food and I noticed that my skin breaks out more. About five years ago, I started eating fast food for the first time and noticed my skin starting to change because of it. I was raised on organic food and included more vegetables in my diet when I was younger. As I got older, I started eating less and less vegetables and eating more fast food because I had easier access to it when I was out. I would just like to feel better about my eating habits and I would like to feel healthier physically.
What motivated me to pick this health goal was a couple things. One being I have had eczema from a young age and found that oily salty foods can make the condition worse. I feel uncomfortable in my skin when it is itchy and red, and in order to help improve the condition, I need to stop eating the food that makes it worse and start eating more green vegetables that help heal and sooth. Another motivator was an article I read a few months ago on the ingredients in fast food and how most everything is over processed and is made up of empty calories. At the time, I was trying to gain weight and thought that eating high calorie food such as regular fast food would help. Instead, I learned that in time, I would be gaining unhealthy weight in my stomach and other parts of my body. I learned that vegetables would give me more energy and would be beneficial for overall health and clear skin if eaten in the right amounts.
On the stages of change model, I would place myself at this point in time on the preparation stage. I know what my goal is and I have a set date to begin and finish my project, but I’m still trying to get comfortable and ease myself into it. I would like to start telling more people about it for encouragement and further the reality of my plan by using my behavior change record sheet.
With preservation from myself and support from positive people in my life, I can achieve my goal in four months and become healthier by adding vegetables to my diet and eliminating fast food completely by the end. Using my skin and physical health as a motivator will help me in my goal. The longer I stick with my goal, the further along I will be in the changes of stage model until I am at moving on and progressing in the lifestyle goal I wanted to attain and keep up on.