21 Days To Break A Habit

Breaking The Habit
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Breaking The Habit

TWICE in the past two weeks I’ve been told that it takes ’21 practices’ to break a habit.

For example, if you took sugar in your coffee and had three coffees a day, once you’ve passed a week without sugar in your coffee (having consumed 21 coffees), you’re on your way to breaking the habit.

When I started the whole January detox thing I knew it wouldn’t be completely cold turkey on everything. Granted over 21 days in I’ve yet to have a glass of wine, a beer, a packet of crisps, and kind of sugary sweets, large bars of chocolate, takeaway chips, a burger… the list goes on.

I have had a few Roses (I can actually count six in the month), and a mini Kit-Kat with a cup of tea, but that’s the height of it. After three weeks I’ve substituted reaching for the Pepsi in the fridge with reaching for a bottle of water. Instead of the crisps, I’ve been reaching for a yoghurt. Brown bread for white bread, sugar for no sugar. All in 21 days.

The last time I did this was back in fourth year in college, having read a book the looked at food habits (can’t recall the title just yet) but again, that book had suggested it would take 21 days – not necessarily 21 practices – to change a habit.

22 days into 2013, I think I’m nicely on track to make those habit changes permanent.

Anyone else doing something of a January detox and enjoying success?

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.