Most of us are now two weeks into our new year’s resolution and hopefully still going strong. Here at Classic Fitness we’re conducting a nutrition challenge as well, and already a lot of us have social events that fall in the middle of us trying to change our eating habits. That’s the thing about life. It doesn’t stop just because you’re trying to be healthier. Birthdays still come. Friends and family still want to go out to eat. Coworkers bring sweet treats to share with everyone at the office. So how do we deal with these situations and not go off the deep end?
Parties, birthdays, someone’s always got something going on, and they want you to celebrate with them. It doesn’t pay to be the person that never takes part in celebrations. Continue that for too long and you’ll soon find yourself not being invited anywhere anymore.
You don’t want to miss out on life, and you don’t want to alienate your friends. Go ahead and go to that party, but plan ahead to keep yourself on track with your goals. If you’re going to a restaurant, look at the menu ahead of time to make the best decision you can. Focus on lean protein and vegetables. Don’t wait until you get there,
Nobody makes good decisions when they’re hungry.
If you’re going to a party where the food is provided, and there might not be healthy options, eat before you go. Don’t be weird or rude when you’re at the party. You don’t have to turn down all food offered to you, but
Having a stomach full of good protein and veggies will make it much easier for you to have a tiny sliver of birthday cake rather than a whole slab!
You know you can expect there to be alcohol at most social functions as well. First off, there’s nothing wrong with saying no to booze, but if you like to have a drink there’s also no reason you can’t do so in moderation. This one is a little bit tougher, but you can help yourself by drinking a water in between every alcohol drink you have. This slows you down quite a bit and keeps you hydrated. If this is a hard pill to swallow for you,
spend some time thinking about whether or not alcohol has truly added any value to your life,
or if you use it as a crutch for stress management or social lubricant. If you decide the former, you can still go the moderation route and stay in line with your goals.
In everyday life, there’s never a shortage of junk food around to snack on. And when it is, most of us wind up eating it. A lot of times without even paying attention or noticing. It’s important that you put in the effort to control your own environment to limit the temptation.
Purge your home of anything that doesn’t match the lifestyle you want to lead.
If it’s not around you, you can’t eat it.
It’s one thing to control our own environments, but when we share space with others, it always seems to be filled with sugary treats or salty goodness. Office break rooms are basically a breeding ground for unhealthy eating.
Your coworkers don’t care that you’re trying to be healthy,
they just want everything to stay the way it currently is so they don’t have to put any effort into changing. So they bring donuts, cookies, cake, and whatever else they want to share under the guise of being generous. (Don’t get too down on your coworkers though, it’s not their responsibility to care that you want to eat healthy. It’s yours). Every time you look in the break room and are tempted to stuff your face, take a moment to stop and figure out if you’re actually hungry (in which case you should eat what you have planned for the day), or if you’re just stressed, or perhaps using junk food as a reason to avoid going back to your desk to work (in which case you should take a walk or some other healthy activity to clear your mind). In other words,
Be mindful about what you’re eating, and why.
It’s easy to resist temptation when motivation is high, and I’m sure everyone is still riding the motivation high from the new year. But it’s important to have some strategies for these situations for that day coming up when work is insanely hard, our kids are stressing us out, and all we want is to eat everything in our path. Strict meal plans that don’t take life into account only work for so long because life inevitably happens. So what do we do when motivation runs out?
Learn how to create your own meal plan.
It’s not complicated. And it’s a skill you’ll need to have if you hope to keep your healthy lifestyle long-term. Custom meal plans from registered dietitians sound awesome, but they don’t know anything that you can’t do on your own. And when you do it yourself, you can plan for life’s little celebrations. You can also create a plan that fits more with your own values and can be maintained for a long time.
If you have any questions about how to create your own meal plan, feel free to shoot me an email and we’ll talk about a plan that fits both your lifestyle and your goals for the future.