Why is it so hard to make wise food choices? Why are we so temped to eat foods we know we should avoid? We go through the day not eating so we are so hungry that we grab whatever is convenient, quick, available and affordable (damn those dollar menus, haha). Now we are in the holiday season of office parties and holiday gatherings and many of us have been programmed to feel that it is rude not to accept food in certain social situations and we have all felt the pressure of being forced to eat even though we are trying to watch our calories. So what do you do?
Well it's time to reprogram ourselves! It is ok to tell folks, 'I'm actually trying to lose some weight so I think I'll pass, but thank you for the thought...' or 'I've actually started trying to clean up my eating, will you have any veggie trays, fruit trays or meat platters there?...' Yeah I know it sounds stupid but how are the folks going to know you are on a diet if you don't tell them.
It's time to take control of your life and quit blaming it on society, lifestyle and surroundings. Nine times out of ten, there will be a meat and cheese tray or veggie tray at a party... sure have some sweddish meatballs but don't douse them in sauce... have a handful of nuts or some fruit, just remember to portion control... worse case scenario take your own snacks or eat before you go! No one said it would be easy but as my trainer says, 'If it was easy, everyone would look good.' Next week we'll break it down and talk about how to speed up our metabolism and that going on a diet doesn't mean we have to starve ourselves.