Maybe you have great plans to eat right, but not everyone around you shares those plans. At work, Cheryl brings candy to share with the office, Joe likes to go out to lunch and your spouse likes to keep ice cream (your weakness!) in the house at all times. There are temptations everywhere and the more temptations you have, the more likely you are to eventually give in to those temptations. We only have so much willpower and when you’re continually bombarded with temptations, it’s only a matter of time before you may give in to temptation!
What are you supposed to do? Change your food environment! Make it as easy as possible on yourself to make the healthy choices and avoid the unhealthy ones. Are you tempted by the Starbucks on your way to work? Drive a different way to work so you don’t have to see it. Are you tempted by the snacks on Cheryl’s desk? Ask her to put them away so you don’t have to see them or, if you’re not comfortable with asking her to do that, try avoiding her desk. Joe wants to go out to eat, but you know that dining out you are almost guaranteeing that you will consume more calories than you should. If it’s just about getting out of the office for a while, try bringing your lunch and having it picnic style at a nearby park. You have control over what you’re consuming and you still get to clear your head and de-stress from the work environment.
You’re tired at the end of the day. Fast food or a frozen pizza sure sounds like a quick, easy dinner so you can get straight to relaxing for the evening. Well, of course you know these aren’t the healthiest choices. Keep some pre-cooked chicken at home for evenings like this or freeze leftovers from previous nights, so all you have to do is pop the food in the microwave for a few minutes and your dinner is ready. Plan ahead and throw dinner in the slow cooker before you leave the house for the day. By doing this, you’ll have a healthy dinner ready to go and you don’t even have to put forth much effort to have it. Steamer bags of vegetables are quick and easy additions to the meal as well. By keeping your refrigerator and freezer stocked with these items, you are more likely to make the healthy choice.
Make a list of your personal temptation foods or temptation situations. Then, write an action plan for how you’re going to lessen the temptation. By putting this in writing, it makes it a little more official and you’re more likely to stick with it. Hang it up on the fridge or somewhere that you see it on a daily basis so you are constantly reminded to make the best choices. If you need more suggestions on how to improve your food environment, contact our office.