How do I avoid morn­ing tea junk food?

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

Q: I’ve re­cently started on a health kick and have been try­ing to eat well. The prob­lem is, my­col­leagues keep bad­ger­ing me to eat junk food at our team morn­ing teas. Do you have any tips for how to deal with this? – Terri.

This is a chal­lenge that I have wit­nessed count­less times, so you’re def­i­nitely not alone. Firstly, please know that when some­one is up­set or both­ered by you choos­ing not to eat junk food, it tends to be about them, rather than you. Often, it’s a re­sult of their own re­la­tion­ship with food. Or it might be due to a per­cep­tion that you are be­com­ing overly re­stric­tive or rigid in your food choices (whether that is a re­al­ity or not).

It is very easy to be in­flu­enced by oth­ers when it comes to what we eat. Some­times fear plays a role in this – fear of up­set­ting oth­ers by not eat­ing what they have pro­vided, fear of be­ing dif­fer­ent or sin­gled out, or fear of miss­ing out (on the food it­self or the so­cial as­pect).


choco­late bis­cuit and eat­ing the whole packet, and it’s when we have an ‘‘all or noth­ing’’ men­tal­ity that we’re more likely to end up do­ing the lat­ter.

For your new way of eat­ing to be en­joy­able and sus­tain­able, it’s im­por­tant that you don’t feel de­prived or like you’re miss­ing out. So if you de­cide to have that one choco­late bis­cuit, en­joy it and don’t feel guilty. How­ever, if you don’t want to eat the foods that are avail­able at your morn­ing tea, or you’re just not hun­gry, that’s per­fectly OK too. Do what feels right for you.

Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-selling au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. See Dr Libby live dur­ing her up­com­ing ‘WhatAmI Sup­posed To Eat?’ tour through­out New Zealand. For more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets, visit dr­

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