21 Days to Make a Habit: 90 Days to Make a Lifestyle Change

In the first month I started my new “lifestyle change” of trying to avoid gluten, sugar, and dairy, my mom saw a segment of the Today Show that talked about the difference between a habit and a full lifestyle change. Apparently you can make or break a habit in 21 days. But overhauling the way you eat entirely is something that takes about 90 days.

I am really happy to say that I have hit my 90 days. And not only that, I actually like my lifestyle change. Quite a bit, in fact. I look forward to eating a meal that I know is really healthy, but still very satisfying.

I would say I am about 90/10 or 85/15 when it comes to my new habits. Maybe a little worse. Since I don’t have celiac or other major allergies, admittedly, I cheat in all categories. I would have to say that sugar and dairy, especially cheese, are my worst tempters. Losing the gluten is really not all that bad. I like gluten-free bread and pasta, and I don’t often crave their gluten-filled counterparts.

Some of the positive things that have come out of this for me are:

1. I have lost 13 pounds. I fluctuate a pound or so, but I’m only one more from my original goal.
2. I feel better. And when I cheat, I usually remember why I don’t eat that way all the time.
3. I’m cooking more and enjoying cooking more. I get excited about trying new things, I like trying Molly and Jen’s recipes, and I look forward to cooking delicious foods that are really good for me. (Side note: I made Molly’s egg cups over Easter, and they were a big win!)

If you’re interested in changing your lifestyle for health or weight reasons, I’d really encourage you to do so. It takes some adjusting, but it is—dare I say—fun. Really. It’s amazing how good it feels to know you’re filling your body with nutrients and foods that are good for you. And shedding some unwanted pounds—that’s really fun. Buying new pants in smaller sizes—well, let’s just say that’s the best part.

My next habit—or probably lifestyle change—is adding exercise back to my to my routine. I pretty much let that go over the winter.

Which is harder for you to maintain, healthy diet or exercise?