Social Pressures & Food. How to Deal With Them and Remain on Track.
Losing weight, starting an exercising program, or maintaining a wellness routine is hard enough without everyone else throwing in their two cents.
You know what it’s like.
You’ve started eating well, you’re feeling motivated and energised and everything is going to plan. But then the weekend comes, you’re watching the footy with your mates and you’ve decided not to drink. Queue the relentless “Oh, come on. Just have one!” jabs.
It’s tough to stay on track when you feel like you’ll be ridiculed for prioritising your health. Here are some ways to combat this so that you CAN order a poke bowl when everyone else is ordering a pizza.
Eat before you got out
If you’re that concerned about having to make poor food choices while you’re out (we’ve all been there), eat your meal before you leave the house. You could even pack healthy snacks if you plan on staying out late. This way you don’t overeat, overindulge, or buy food that you wouldn’t otherwise.
Give it some time
Social pressure won’t last forever. When your food choices stop being weird and new they will become normal and regular. It’s about waiting out the awkward period, allowing yourself, your friends and your family to adjust to your new habits. Just know that this phase does end and that it IS worth it.
Order your meal before anyone else
“I’ll just get what he’s having.” No you won’t. Order your meal first to avoid being influenced by other people's decisions, especially if you’re eating with a group of people that often make poor choices (or who aren’t on their own wellness journey) when it comes to food.
Think about your goals, not your friends
Ask yourself. Why did I start doing this? What are the results I’m working towards? What progress have I made so far? Am I strong enough to continue despite my friends?
TIP: Remove yourself from the situation by going and having a large glass of water and asking yourself, is it really worth it?
Have a one-liner at the ready
You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone but having a solid, one-line explanation for your recent lifestyle changes at the ready can help avoid those annoying comments, questions and opinions. For example…
“My doctor told me I need to lose weight or I’ll be diabetic in a couple of years.”
“I’m just trying to eat better and I’m loving how I feel so far.”
Pick your battles
You don’t have to refuse unhealthy foods every single time you eat. You want to be balanced, not miserable. This means that if it’s your birthday, have a piece of cake. If you love coffee but can’t drink it without sugar, have a small amount of sugar. Just don’t attach guilt or meaning to it, just do it and move on.
Social pressures aren’t going away but at least these tips can help you stay on track with your diet, exercise, and overall wellness routine despite the heckling from your mates!