We give every excuse possible to overindulge, similar to how we used to give excuses for being absent from work/school (even death of someone or getting sick seemed appropriate as it paved way for an opportunity to take leave). Never allow lame excuses to get by the way of eating healthy. Some of the most common excuses given by individuals are listed here and don’t be surprised to find one of yours too here:
It’s the holiday season: Special days, occasions and holidays come and go throughout the year. Eating something special is no sin, but it would be wiser to plan for special meals that are healthier too. For example, replace frozen desserts with some flavored yogurt and cut fruits of your choice.
Feeling low or stressful: We all have our highs and lows in life. If we choose to cheer ourselves using comfort foods during every single stressful phase of life, we are going to end up with empty calories. A ruined work deadline, missing a scheduled flight, unemployment, caring for a sick relative or losing money can make you reach for comfort foods. Instead, try to take a brisk walk, grab on to a healthy snack or involve yourself in yoga/meditation. Read more on comfort foods and their list of disadvantages at www.firsteatright.com.
I munched on a butter cookie in the morning: Each of us come with a set of imperfections. Instead of focusing on what you did, focus on what is to be done. Plan to carry some healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts and popcorn and plan to lead a healthier lifestyle.
It’s my colleague’s birthday at office: It is not mandatory to put everything that comes by your way into your tummy and become fatter. Just pass on freebies if you find them unhealthy. In case you indulge in them, ensure to workout more than what you usually do.
I am too busy to eat healthy: It takes lesser time to cut few veggies for your salad and slice few pieces of apple by the time you call the pizza person and find the discount coupon.
I am having a gettogether tonight at my favorite restaurant: Restaurants nowadays have become health-conscious and many of them serve nutritious options too. Check online for menu options available and don’t hesitate to ask for substitutions. Ignore the buffet spread if you feel that you might overeat and try to share portions or save them for consuming later.
I’ll start eating healthy from tomorrow: Never postpone. Start now to reap the benefits early. Small steps taken now build healthier habits for tomorrow.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.