How do I avoid morning tea junk food?
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 drlibby.com