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How To Influence Loved Ones To Adopt Healthy Habits
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How to Influence Loved Ones to Adopt Healthy Habits

Influencing healthy habits to loved ones can sometimes be a daunting task. From my personal experience, the ability to influence or to become influenced has much to do with comfort level. It is much easier to encourage change when we have a personal connection. The situation becomes more difficult when dealing with health matters, as emotions can play a huge role in communication. So here are a few ideas that you can keep in mind while trying to encourage healthy habits for the people in your life.

1. Set the example.

Be the example. Sometimes I think that it's natural for people to mock you and make sarcastic remarks towards unwanted change, and it's really them testing you. Just continue to do what you do and eventually you will begin to generate interest. Nobody likes to be sick, and if you're doing the the right things, people are going to ask what are you doing.

2.Don't force things onto people.

Nobody likes to have food shoved down their throats. The same goes for try to show someone good habits. As humans we have the gift of adaptation, and through gradual education we can implement effective change for newer healthier, habits.

Realize that you can't make people change if they do not want to change. It's one of the sad, hard facts of life, especially when we have the best intentions for loved ones. Do your best, have good intentions, and get help when needed.

3. Find areas of key interest.

Have a basketball fan in the family? Show them how holistic therapies such as acupuncture has been used by athletes such as Yao Ming from the Houston Rockets. Married to someone interested in soaps and television? Send them stories of life changing heath moments from well known celebrities. Don't use the stories that demonstrate a new fad diet or weight loss plan, but rather one of struggle triumph, and success. When you can integrate healthy lifestyle habits with daily interests, you're really combining the best of both worlds.

4. Leave out good tasting alternatives for already liked foods.

We all have different sensitivity in our taste buds, and if someone is already used to a particular good tasting food, it may be hard to help them to change. So help them by leaving out alternatives or suggest that they try something. You may want to be careful, for if someone tries a healthy snack and decides the taste is not to their liking then they may build up a resistant wall to what you have, no matter how healthy it is to the person. So try to present something that is healthy, delicious, and tingles the right taste buds.

Don't Quit

There are many resources and creative ideas available to you if you ask your health care provider. As an acupuncturist I've learned how to teach patients about new ways and concepts that they may not be familiar with. However, with an open mind and just the simple curiosity to learn more about the human body many people have gained a better understanding of the healing modality. The same can happen for the person you care about, and if it does then it will be all worth the effort.


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C4rmen  

People are more likely to become inspired by what we are doing not by what we are saying. Good tips here, thank you for the article.

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  about 9 years ago

Nice article! I haven't seen anyone write much on this subject. I so agree with setting an example. It's easy to fall into the bad habits of others around you when it comes to food sometimes.

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Patty it all starts from the top. Yes we can't be perfect, but as long as the train is headed to the right destination people will hop on board!

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  about 9 years ago

I always leave open books laying around the house.

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  about 9 years ago

What a great idea Shawn! Thanks for stopping by.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks I will try those tips with my husband!

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Sarah glad you found some helpful suggestions!

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  about 9 years ago

Good info Carlo....so often we inadvertently enable others to into doing what we would rather discourage...if someone in the family needs to loose weight then don't be bringing home large bags of candy and unhealthy snacks...

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Kevin, I'm glad you found the info useful and you definitely hit the nail on the head.

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  about 9 years ago
joe witt  

Good article Carlo, setting a good example is always a positive method for change.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for the comment Joe. Gandhi said it best, be the change you want to see.

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  about 9 years ago
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