Making healthier choices in a house overflowing with temptations.
You get out of bed with the very best intentions of eating better. Maybe you even planned the day before and have scheduled out your meals and chosen the healthiest options. You start your day with gusto and hope and are motivated like never before.
Then it happens.
You see that box of donuts on the counter or that cookie with your name on it. It even speaks to you to take just one bite. You successfully thwart its best efforts and resist the temptation. Then you make your way to the pantry and hear a bag of cheesy, salty chips whispering to you ever so softly and invitingly.
You haven’t even gotten to enact your grand plan of eating better and you’re already being bombarded by tempting food bombs.
You, my friend, live in a house with those who don’t care what they eat. Despite your best efforts, you can’t help but struggle through every day mustering up your willpower to avoid said sabotage.
What do you do? How can you eat better while being surrounded by so much junk food?
It’s nothing new that our daily environments support bad eating. From availability and convenience to social pressures and office parties it’s a miracle anyone can gain any traction with healthier eating.
Let’s look at why it’s so easy to eat badly and why your climb may feel like it’s too steep to attempt.
Food is everywhere
Whether it’s lying around the house or fresh from the drive-thru, crappy food finds its place in our lives. It seems as though there’s a fast food joint on every corner not to mention a dozen delivery services willing to bring it to your doorstep. Somehow, it ends up in our homes ready and willing for us to consume.
Bad food is easy to eat
You get home and you’re starving. What do you do? On one hand, you could do the right thing and take the time to prepare something healthy, or you could simply dip your hand into the closest bag or box for some easy empty calories to satisfy that hunger.
Eating badly is contagious
No matter your willpower, social peer pressures will get the best of us. Whether it’s eating in or out, the ones we hang around have a profound effect on our behaviors. If we’re not aware we easily fall into the trap of doing as the Romans do and eat like crap.