We are in our new house and busy unpacking! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!
Today, the beautiful Kara of My Wellnest is sharing with us her expertise on behavior change. Kara knows her stuff — she not only has a master’s degree in health but also wrote a thesis on the topic of behavior change. If you are in the health care field or interested in making healthy choices in your life…listen up to this lady!
Hello PreventionRD readers! It’s a pleasure to be guest blogging on PreventionRD, one of my favorite blogs! Thanks Nicole for the opportunity! I’m Kara from the healthy living blog MyWellnest. I’m a 28 year old Vermonter on a on a quest to promote health and wellness in my own life, as well as the life of others.
Of all the health and wellness topics out there, one of my favorite topics is health behavior change, and specifically the attitudes and beliefs behind what makes us successful or unsuccessful in changing our health behavior long term.
I wanted to start a discussion about barriers to change, a concept taken from The Health Belief Model that helps explain the obstacles that come with changing a health behavior, for example exercising regularly or adapting healthy eating habits. A few years ago I made a health behavior change, faced barriers, and overcame them. I thought I would share my story with you.
A few years ago I realized that my diet was almost entirely lacking in vegetables and I wanted to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. Even more than just add vegetables to my diet, I wanted to start enjoying vegetables as well. I soon realized I was up against two different barriers.
- I was afraid I wouldn’t like the taste and texture of the new vegetables I was trying.
- I didn’t know how to prepare vegetables in a way that made them appealing and enjoyable.
I approached the first barrier the only way I knew how; I hid and masked vegetables in foods that I already liked, green peppers on pizza, spinach in sandwiches and broccoli in a calzone just to name a few. This method worked for me, and slowly I began enjoy vegetables not only on pizza, but on their own as well.
The second barrier was a little bit trickier for me and to be honest I’m still learning how to cook and prepare certain vegetables. However, I’ve discovered that healthy living blogs, such as PreventionRD, provide a wealth of recipes, knowledge, and inspiration. Not long after I began reading healthy living blogs I discovered the genius that is the green monster, and that was life changing!
Question: What health behavior changes have you made or would you like to make? Did you come up against any barriers to change and if so how did you overcome them? Are you currently facing any barriers to change?
Eat your veggies,