How to Manage Peer Pressure with Healthy Eating

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If you are on a weight loss program or simply living a healthy lifestyle, than you probably know that peer pressure to eat foods that are not good for you can be a battle at times. But don’t worry! If you are committed to healthy eating and nutrition, there are ways to overcome peer pressure. It simply takes a little know-how to get people off your back!

 




 

Working in an office environment can be a major temptation field filled with peer pressure! Girl scout cookies, baked goodies, and candy dishes seem to appear out of nowhere. Instead of giving in to temptation, simply and politely decline. After awhile, they will know your preferences – trust me, I know firsthand ๐Ÿ™‚ You may also feel pressured to eat unhealthy when the boss orders lunch for everyone at a meeting or when you have to visit a client. Just talk to your boss in advance and order a meal that is more nutritious.

Baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, and other special events can also wreak havoc on your diet and nutrition, even if you are good at resisting temptation on your own. When someone hands you a piece of cake and will not take no for an answer, it can be difficult to know what to say! Here, little white lies might be appropriate – especially if a firm “no thank you” is not working ๐Ÿ™‚ For instance, saying that your stomach was upset earlier in the day will convince a person that you don’t want to eat at the moment or indicating an allergy will get people to allow you to enjoy the party without hassle. Another way is to make a joke of it telling the truth, that your watching what you’re eating. (I’m On a Health Kick)

Parties are a major source of peer pressure, especially with alcohol. However, remember that alcohol contains hundreds of calories in just one drink and of little to no nutritional value. When you go to a party, people may pressure you to have a drink and relax, and it can be difficult to say no when they are constantly trying to convince you. Instead, offer to drive to the bar instead. This way, you re the designated driver, so people won’t pressure you to drink.

Remember, it is okay to indulge every once in awhile. The key is to remain diligent and maintain control over when and how much is appropriate for you.

– Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!

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