It’s been a week since new years, a week into having made a resolution of some type to be healthy. Every body was on board the first few days, now everyone seems to be sabotaging your resolution. Sound about right?
A few ways friends, family, and work can be sabotaging your health:
1) Eating out to socialize
2) Pressure to “try” foods
3) Work snacks & breaks (i.e Donuts, cake, etc.)
4) The spouse/significant other pressure
5) The “its only one” phrase
6) Birthday & holiday celebrations
7) Ordering food at work as a group
There is always something or someone that is going to challenge a healthy lifestyle on a regular basis. One of the things I didn’t list above is the biggest obstacle sometimes: You. Having a strong mindset and the ability to say no to yourself and others is the key. Learning to say no is hard when you really want to say yes.
Few ideas to help keep the healthy lifestyle going past the first week:
1) Suggest potluck dinners – Homemade meals are healthier, cheaper, and you can sample more things!
2) Go out for Tea or Coffee instead of a meal– Skip the desserts & opt for fruits on the side
3) Bring your own snacks to work — fruits, veggies, nuts & other healthy packaged snacks to skip the treats provided by your work or co-workers. Counter offer veggies when they offer you sweets.
4) Bringing meals to work– controls food, portions, cost and saying no when others are ordering in. Saying “I already brought a meal” or “I have these amazing leftovers but thanks”.
4) If you fall off the bandwagon, get back on right away. Don’t let it become a cheat day or week. Being healthy doesn’t have to start on a Monday, its already a hard enough day.
5) Talk to your friends & family — Why your new healthy eating is important to you and how you need their support. Also explain the details of your healthy eating, what you are cutting out and what you do like to eat.
6) When saying no doesn’t work try other phrases such as:
- “Maybe later” Stalling isn’t saying no and food pushers are soothed to know that you will have it later.
- “I don’t like […]” Less pressure for something you don’t like instead of something you “can’t” have