21 Days to Better Eating Habits

Lisa Whitmore

Hi! I’m Lisa Whitmore, Real Simple’s senior editor in the beauty and health department. I work on all of our fitness, diet, and nutrition-related stories—topics I absolutely love. So you’d think that my own fitness, diet, and nutrition would all be stellar, right? Well…not quite. It’s not that my eating is unhealthy all-around. It’s just that over the last few years, a bunch of bad habits have crept in, derailing my efforts to lose about 15 pounds of baby weight (baby weight gained when I had my daughter, ahem, two years ago). Things like:

  • Eating in front of the TV at night
  • Soothing myself with a cupcake when my toddler throws a tantrum.
  • Ordering in pizza for dinner because I don’t have a plan.

I’m forever trying to get it together and tackle these troubles once and for all, but so far, nothing has stuck.

So when a review copy of a book called Bread is the Devil came across my desk, I thumbed through it, thinking, okay, another diet book, let’s see what this one has to say. But it was, actually, a little different. And trust me, I’ve seen them all—that’s one of the perks (?) of being a health editor. Written by New York City registered dietitian Heather Bauer, Bread is the Devil isn’t actually a rigid food plan; instead, it’s a 21-day intensive course in conquering all of your diet devils—a.k.a. bad food habits—so you can reach your goals. (And don’t be put off by the title—this isn’t a low-carb diet book!) Seemed like perfect timing for me. I called up Bauer and met with her to map out a plan. My goal: To get my own diet devils under control so food and eating wasn’t stressful, guilt-ridden, or full of deprivation. For the next 21 days, I’ll be detailing my attempts at breaking my bad eating habits here.

What are the eating habits you’re trying to break?