If you are on a diet or simply enjoying a healthy lifestyle, then you probably know that peer pressure to eat foods that are not good for you is a major part of your life.
Peer pressure never disappears. When we were younger, our parents warned of a peer pressure. There was a point where we thought peer pressure might disappear, but now we know it is not the case.
Peer pressure even finds its way into our lives and affect our health and wellness. One of those ways is healthy eating.
If you are worried about the food that goes into your mouth, don’t worry—there are ways to overcome peer pressure. It simply takes a little know-how to get people off your back!
There are several areas you need to be aware of to assist you in your desire to live a healthier life and make healthy eating a part of that lifestyle.
Parties are a major source of peer pressure where you may find yourself eating one processed off food after another. Many parties are not a sit-down meal, but a variety of appetizers and desserts. This scenario can provide many temptations to make unhealthy choices.
Another time when you may feel pressured to eat is at work when the boss orders lunch for everyone at a meeting or when you must visit a client. Instead of giving in to temptation, simply politely decline the food by letting your boss know in advance.
Most people will understand when you explain that you are on a journey to begin a healthier lifestyle and that includes eating better. A simple discussion can make a difference and who knows, you might have an influence on the food choices for the better
Another idea when the boss order lunch or you meet with a client is to order a healthy meal and split the portion in half so you have a meal for tomorrow’s lunch as well.
Other friendly events like baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, and other special events can also wreak havoc on your diet, even if you are good at resisting temptation on your own.
When someone hands you a piece of cake and won’t take no for an answer, it can be difficult to know what to say. A polite decline and a small explanation usually provide the best way to communicate your choice for healthy eating. Most people I have encountered understand and it does not create a problem.
Remember, however, while refusing bad foods is fine, you should be eating good foods. If you do not, dangerous eating habits and disorders can develop, which will give you, your friends, and your doctor a real reason to worry.
It’s ok to say no to peer pressure, but don’t say no to food in general!
It is important to understand when you decline food that others may not understand, and it does not hurt to let them know why you are declining the invitation.
In your choice to live healthier, you may influence them to begin a healthier lifestyle as well.
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