How to Eat Healthy Without Support,The Right Way
Every time you go out with your loved ones you must justify your decision to avoid certain foods or drinks.
And you’re starting to wonder, Is this what it’s always going to feel like?
How do the pros do it?
How do they eat healthy when everyone is questioning every decision they make? Do they have a support system?
Well, I have a little secret for you:
Not all “pros” started out with a support system. In fact, some of them found their support system while on their journey to eat healthier.
I’m excited to give you all the details on how you can do the same on today’s post.
While I began eating healthier in 2010, that wasn’t my first time giving it a try. While in college, I “worked” hard to “eat healthy.” My efforts always fell short because I had no idea what I was doing, and the people around didn’t know either. It was a never-ending cycle of trying and failing without any real results.
Until one day I accidentally found a support system and my life changed forever.
Having knowledgeable and supportive people in your life will help you:
- Understand what is healthy eating and why it is important,
- It will give you the tools to get started and set a solid foundation because they know what is like to be in your shoes,
- Keep you motivated when you are feeling discouraged,
- And hold you accountable to ensure you achieve your goals.
My support system inspired me to share everything I know with you, to help you eat healthier without feeling overwhelmed and deprived.
We all have people in their lives that either help or hinder our ability to eat healthier. Because Peer Pressure is a genuine thing, having people in your life who do not support you, will make your journey at-least ten times harder.
Here is What to Do:
Be Honest With Yourself
You must ask yourself, are the people in my life helping me or are they making things harder? Most people want to see you healthier, they love you and want you to be the best version of yourself. But they won’t always understand the sacrifices you must make to maintain your new lifestyle. And that’s when things get a little complicated.
It is hard to support someone when you do not understand their needs. That’s why even though your loved ones mean well, they aren’t always the most supportive.
This exercise will help you identify the people that you can call for help and the people that you need to love from a distance.
Have “The Talk.”
Let your loved ones know that you are committed to eat healthier and explain to them what that means to you so that they can help you.
I will never forget the day I had the talk with my mom. I am convinced that all she heard was that I wasn’t going to eat white rice anymore and I was quitting red meat and pork for good. Coming from a Garifuna, Afro-Latino household, she was appalled. Food is a big part of our family, and she didn’t understand why I was giving these things up.
But she listened to me and wished me well.
This talk puts everyone on notice, and for what is worth, they will begin holding you accountable.
Walk the Walk Even When No one is Watching
Telling your loved ones about your new lifestyle if only the first part. Now you must walk the walk, or at-least try your best. This is the most challenging advice you will get, but it is the MOST important.
Some people expect you to fail.
My mother was one of those people.
Now, she didn’t exactly want me to fail, but her behavior she made it easy to make poor decisions (at-least that what it felt like). She knew I didn’t eat white rice, yet she cooked it all the time, she knew I didn’t eat fried foods yet every time I opened the fridge there would be something fried starring directly at me. This was a clear sign that it was time to move out LOL.
She didn’t mean any harm, but her actions made my transition tough.
That’s when I learned that you should only worry about what you can control. You cannot control other people’s actions, and you cannot blame them for your poor decisions.
So if you want this work, you will have to put in the work.
Focus on learning how to say NO TO:
- And most importantly, to yourself.
Always remind yourself that you are in control.
This process takes time. Remember to compromise with yourself. You do not have to decline every single invitation, you will accept some of them and when you do, make sure you enjoy yourself. You have to be patient with yourself.
As you begin making healthier decisions, it will be easier to attend events and not over do it.
It is all about compromise.
I am here for you, and I am ready to be your number one cheerleader. When you join our mailing list, you will feel motivated, inspired, and you will be held accountable.
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