February 4, 2012 Categories: Healthy Eating
Just State No: Healthy Eating and Peer Pressure
Are you living a healthy lifestyle, or would you like to? Either way you are well aware of peer pressure to take foods that are not part of this healthy lifestyle. If you have been consistently worried about the foods you have been intake under peer pressure – then you have found your solution! All takes is a tiny know-how to get people off your back!
You will probably find celebrations and other social gatherings play a major role in the peer pressure effecting your healthy lifestyle, especially if alcohol is involved. You need to remember though that alcohol carries hundreds of empty calories in just one drink, but under the pressure of your friends and family to have just one drink and rest might be very difficult. One way to overcome this is to offer to drive them to a bar instead. Recommend “going out” and since you will be the designated driver, they will not want you to drink. And they will probably even purchase you waters or juice at the bar and help pay for the gas – it’s a win-win situation!
Another situation where you might feel pressured to take is at work in a meeting where the boss has ordered lunch for everyone, or even when you might go see a client where they have supplied lunch. The only solution to this is to politely decline. It might even be easier to inform your boss or client in advance that you will not be eating. You can even pack a healthy lunch for yourself and take it along.
Even if you are good at resisting temptation; Birthday parties, baby showers, weddings and other special occasions can be hard on your healthy lifestyle. What do you do when someone hands you a piece of block and will not take no for an answer? Tiny white lies might be appropriate in these kinds of situations. You might for example explain to them that your stomach has been upset early and that you do not want to risk having a piece of cake, this will convince them to keep the food away from you! You might even go as far as to state that you have bit of a chocolate/nut/dairy allergy depending on the food been offered to you.
Remember that it is fine to state no to bad foods because of peer pressure, but you must take careful note of the foods that you refuse – You must continue intake healthy foods. If you begin saying no to food in general then hazardous intake disorders can develop which will give all you friends, family AND physician a good reason to worry!