Below this month's Compact of Character post, some of you talked about developing healthy eating habits, and Aria happens to be working on that especially hard this semester! I can vouch, she practices what she preaches in real life, and if a girl living in a dorm and eating at a uni cafeteria can work at it, the rest of us can, too! Embrace that "peach pit" and start getting healthy with these three small steps:
When it comes to eating healthily, sometimes we can be tempted to, cold-turkey, trade in all of our favorites for carrot sticks and lettuce in order to see results quickly. If you’re anything like me, you know that that just really doesn’t work. It’s not sustainable in the long-run. Learning to develop healthy habits is a process, so below I’ve included three tips to help you along in the journey:
Action step: Next time you feel hungry, think back over your day and determine whether you’ve had an adequate amount of water, fruit, protein, and vegetables. Choose a snack or meal accordingly.
Action Step: Before you go grocery shopping, take half an hour to plan what you will eat for lunch that week.
1) You don’t see what that person eats all of the time. They may be eating lettuce and carrot sticks for lunch because they had a heaping plate of double-chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast!
2) You are not them. Duh. The genes that make you you include a metabolism that functions differently than your roommate’s. Even if you ate the exact same things, your bodies would most likely have at least some difference in response.
3) Comparison often leads to compromise. Sometimes seeing a friend eat healthily can cause us to eat healthily, too, but what about when you are the only one who is intentionally choosing healthy foods and portions? You would normally eat only one cookie, but if your friend eats five, two or three doesn’t seem so bad. Right? Wrong! Don’t compromise;)
Action Step: Next time you start to compare, instead, remind yourself of why you are eating healthily, and of a few things you are thankful for that you have learned or accomplished along the way.
What do you think of these tips? Do you think they're small enough to be able to implement in your life? Have you encountered other obstacles to eating healthier that you'd like to overcome?