One year ago I took a major stance on my health and became a vegetarian (who also eats fresh water fish). I took up yoga and even brought back my favorite childhood hobby – rollerskating. Many who have been raised in the south are familiar with soul food, sweet teas, crispy chicken, etc. This was the food I grew up on and was accustomed to. Now since I am no longer home, I’ve realized that the food I was eating had a huge impact on my health.
A year later, I am still a vegetarian and have seen tremendous results in my energy levels, skin and overall clarity. This journey has not always been easy. Temptation is everywhere and sometimes you may not always have a support system. Although you may have chosen to eat healthier, your friends, family or loved ones may not. So besides just complaining that they aren’t, here are a few tips to keep you being healthy when no one else around you is healthy.
- State your claim and remember your goal. It is very important that you remember your goal. Whether it is to improve your health or lose weight, remember to stay focused and do not let those around your interfere with your commitment. If you do, you might end up resenting them. However, state your claim and do not get defensive. Keep an upbeat tone and maintain perspective. Not everyone understands the importance of their daily food decisions and it’s not your job to educate them.
- Lead, not follow. You may be surprised that your commitment to eating healthy inspires others to follow suit. When dining out with friends, why not choose the restaurant that offers healthier options. You can be the first to order, that way you will not be influenced by anyone else’s choices. At the office? Chose the place to order from, better yet, brown bag it. For potluck, bring one of your favorite dishes.