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Coping With Diet Saboteurs


There is always has to be that one person in your life— at your job, amongst your closest friends or a family member. They can mean well or they may be a tad spiteful, but often people in your life have no idea how they are sabotaging you. It seems like every time you take a step forward to gain power over food, they are in your face offering you chocolate, a brownie, some chips, or an extra helping of mashed potatoes and gravy.

To sum it all up, people don’t like CHANGE. Getting fit and losing weight are changes you welcome, but if family and friends are not on the same page, they can be uncomfortable or perhaps a bit jealous with your changes. They may feel guilty that you are losing weight and they are not. Some people may not understand because they have never had a weight problem and they don’t realize how hard you worked to get the weight off. They may think it is ridiculous for you to worry about what you eat. Some friends and family may miss the old you, and the old you was the one spending time with them during happy hour and indulging on high-fat foods. This may be the “you” that they miss.

First thing, don’t assume the worst. Unless sabotage is blatantly deliberate, give saboteurs the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their motives. If your mother serves you your favourite dish, it’s most likely because she associates food with love, not that she wants you fat. It doesn’t pay to get angry, especially to your mother.

Just say no. You wouldn’t expect to have a drink forced on you if you were a recovering alcoholic, so tell the food pusher, “No, thanks,” and leave it at that. You don’t owe an explanation and you shouldn’t feel guilty.

Work on your own support system. It’s a proven fact- when your social network supports you, you will achieve positive results. Try recruiting family and friends to be part of your healthy lifestyle. If that’s not feasible, take a different approach like joining a weight-loss group, temporarily avoid friends who are a negative influence, or join group classes at your gym and meet others with the same goal.  In time you will get stronger and learn to handle the not-so-supportive people in your life.

Explain your goals and ask for help. Don’t expect your friends and family to read your mind and to know what your needs are. Tell them! Explain how important your goals are and be reasonable about them, especially with the people you live with. They may be willing to make short-term compromises about what foods are kept in the house.

Take responsibility. Remember that what you put in your mouth is your responsibility. While others may tempt you, ultimately you’re in charge of your own life. Look at difficult situations as opportunities to test your newfound control, and reinforce the idea that you are not adopting a healthier lifestyle for someone else, only for you.


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The Treat Meal


For all you competitors, you know this meal all too well. Some of you refer to it as a “cheat meal”.  I never use this descriptor to avoid the negative connotation that it implies.  To cheat is to say that you are not being compliant on your diet. Webster’s defines cheat as fraudulent or deceptive. Who on earth would want to accept such a negative word in their prep?

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