How to Eat Healthy with Family and Friends

Spending time with family, attending parties with friends, and going out to eat are highlights on our social calendars this time of the year. With that in mind, eating healthy foods can be difficult when there’s so much temptation to indulge in delectable, but not-so-nutritious meals. How can you eat healthy when you’re surrounded by rich restaurant foods, yummy party snacks, and enormous family dinners? Don’t worry, it is possible, and the following tips I share with you will help you eat healthy when tempted otherwise!

Don’t stress about food too much.

Easier said than done, right? Of course, it’s important to eat healthy, exercise, and take good care of ourselves. But you don’t want to ruin a special occasion for yourself by fretting over every bite you take. Allow yourself the occasional piece of cake or carbs; just remember to enjoy food in moderation. And if you do overindulge once or twice, don’t beat yourself up. Tomorrow is another day, and it’s never too late to refocus your efforts to eat healthy.

Remember the basics: fruits and vegetables.

It may feel challenging to eat healthy at certain times of year, like over the holidays or at a summer picnic, but there are some of our bodies’ nutritional needs are the same year-round. The vitamins and nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables are always required. Try to eat at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day. Bonus points if those veggies are leafy greens! Organic fruits and vegetables may have a higher nutritional value due to the lack of pesticides and fertilizers. If you need to tantalize your taste buds, look for healthy recipes that incorporate seasonal produce. My go-to site is Pinterest; it’s amazing the amount of healthy recipes you can find on there!

Snacking on organic fruits and vegetables before a social outing is a good habit because you will be less tempted to indulge on fatty hors d’oeuvres at a party or appetizers in a restaurant. Sticking to plant-based foods can help curb your appetite and aid digestion. If you go full-on vegetarian, it won’t guarantee weight loss, but a diet with lots of plant-based protein and fewer carbs is likely to be less fattening. You don’t have to give up everything good to eat healthy. Remember, moderation, balance and mindful alignment can help keep your calories in check.

Always eat mindfully.

Mindfulness meditation has become a popular way for people to stay calm and keep centered. It turns out that it may also help us eat healthy. If you slow down and savor the food you eat, you are less likely to binge eat or eat more portions than you need. A little trick I learned is to make sure I chew at least ten times before swallowing to make sure I’m truly enjoying my food and taking my time to notice once I start to get full. Overall, if you want to eat healthy, practicing mindfulness is simply a good habit to get into for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Don’t make everything about food.

Sometimes it feels like spending time with friends or family is centered around eating, but it doesn’t have to be. Try to find some fun activities that aren’t focused on food and drink. If you want to stay indoors, see if anyone would be interested in board games or watching movies. Set out healthy snacks around the table to avoid overeating. If the weather is nice, you may want to head outside to play games, visit museums, or take a long walk. It’s always a good idea to get a little exercise in addition to trying to eat healthy.

Don’t be tempted by others.

Everyone has their own needs and preferences when it comes to food. It can be difficult to always eat healthy when you spend a lot of time eating with people who prefer more fat or sugar in their meals. Sometimes you may need to negotiate meal plans with others or bring something that’s healthy for you to a family meal or potluck. It’s important to focus on what’s good for you and let other people make their own choices. Set boundaries with friends and family members to help you stay focused on eating healthy. Hopefully, your choices will influence those around you to eat healthier too!

Plan to eat healthy.

If you have a social engagement coming up and you know there will be a lot of unhealthy food available, it’s helpful to make a plan ahead of time for your meals. For example, have lunch, dinner or snacks at home so you don’t arrive too hungry to social gatherings. You don’t need to be too rigorous (remember tip number one!) but it’s often helpful to have a plan in mind before you head out.

Remember that health is holistic.

It’s great to eat healthy and nutritious foods, but nutrition is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to self-care. When you neglect one aspect of your well being, everything else in your life can be affected. So, in addition to making sure you eat healthy, organic produce, it’s also good to find an exercise plan that works well for you. For many people, exercise is an excellent way to focus on mind, body, and spirit all at once. Find a discipline that works for your physical fitness routine. An instructor can provide more information about how to get started.

To eat healthy requires discipline, which is the core of Lizzie’s DeLacy Wellness methodology. If you struggle to eat healthy during the holidays or at special events, remember, you aren’t alone. Find a way that works for you and say your goals out loud. You are in charge of your own destiny and with the right mindset, can accomplish anything, including bettering your nutritional routine.

If you are looking for ways to eat healthy and improve your mind, body and spiritual connectedness, the DeLacy Discipline may be the right opportunity. After over a decade of intense research and hands-on training, Lizzie DeLacy has honed her craft by helping clients align mentally, physically and spiritually.

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