Has the following scenario ever happened to you?
You tell your children that it’s important for them to eat fruits and vegetables everyday. Said children grumble (maybe even throw in an eye-roll) and begrudgingly eat the vegetables on the plate.
Then those same children go to school and have a lesson on fruits and vegetables. They come home with a food portion guideline and are excited to tell you the benefits of eating the 5-9 servings a day that we all need.
Cue your grumble (eye-roll)...
What happened here? You gave the same information to your children and yet when they heard it from their teacher, suddenly it’s the greatest advice on the face of the earth.
It happens to all of us. Sometimes we need to hear the same information from a different source in order for it to sink in.
Before my columns head in a different direction, I sought the advice from friends via Facebook to find out what they do to resist temptation and make healthy choices. I thought it would be beneficial to hear from someone else. Here are some of their responses:
Kris - We (my husband and I) always try to buy one meal when we’re out to eat and then just split it. It’s always plenty of food and then we’re not so full.
Ashley - I always say five minutes of satisfaction isn’t worth the after effect. Being a runner, I always think about what food is doing or going to do to my muscles, to fuel my runs, etc.
Charity - I become obsessed with turning my favorite recipes into lighter, healthier versions so I don’t feel deprived.
Jessica - Water. Water is key for me. When I crave that red velvet cupcake from Costco, I drink a big glass of ice cold water and it seems to help.
Jean - A ‘bit’ of chocolate every evening.
Connie - Mouth + duct tape.
Hopefully one (or more) of their responses resonated with you in some way. There are many ways to resist the temptation of a poor choice. Take a moment to step back and think about the long-term effect. Or if you’re really desperate...there’s always duct tape!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.