How do I avoid morning tea junk food?
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).
The perception that we might be seen as being ‘‘difficult’’ if we don’t consume the food that is provided can also influence what we eat. This can come from a beautiful place – essentially, trying to please others – but sometimes we need to be firm and put ourselves first, to honour our own body and the commitment we’ve made to support our health and vitality.
Here are some helpful tips: be happy to have some more nutritious options, too. (of food or weight gain, for example) does not serve our health in any way. Remember that it’s what we do everyday that impacts on our health, not what we do sometimes, so having some less nutritious food occasionally while socialising and enjoying the company you are in can be part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Also remember that there’s a huge difference between one 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.
Eating less nutritious food occasionally while socialising can be part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.