Top 7 Excuses to Overindulge, and How to Take Control
Don’t let excuses get in the way of eating healthy! Check out our tips on breaking out of the scarfing cycle.
Excuses, excuses. We all make them when it comes to eating healthy. But when you think about it, there’s really no reason to scarf down all that “bad for you” food. Here we shoot down some common excuses for putting away those extra calories.
- It’s a holiday (or the weekend, or date night). Life has lots of special occasions (and weekends)! Indulging a little on holidays won’t hurt — but you can plan ahead for special meals that are healthy, too. For example, hack your holiday cookies by using oatmeal, fruits and nuts as main ingredients.
- I’m down in the dumps (or stressed to the max). You blew a work deadline, had a flat tire or left your wallet at the grocery store. “Comfort food” is calling you. Bigger stresses, like unemployment or caring for a sick relative, can also cause you to overeat — even when you’re not hungry. Try taking a brisk walk and reaching for a healthy snack. When you have a minute to slow down, check out our tips to control your stress.
- I already blew it with that cookie. Nobody’s perfect. Focus on what you can do next, not on what you did last. You can also try planning ahead to eat well on the run. Hint: Portable snacks like fruit, nuts and popcorn can save you from the vending machine.
- Someone brought donuts (or cake, or pizza) to the office. It’s OK to pass on the freebies! Keep some healthy snacks handy to curb the cravings. If you do indulge, find a way to get in some extra physical activity at work! Try these tips to get active.
- I don’t have time to eat healthy. You can cut up a carrot and slice some strawberries in the time it takes to call the pizza place and find that coupon. Salad is a great make-ahead meal, and the possibilities are endless. Get our tips on making a hearty, healthy salad.
- It’s hard to find healthier choices when eating out. Restaurants are changing! Healthier options are everywhere if you know what to look for. Look up menus online ahead of time, and don’t be afraid to ask about substitutions. if you’re tempted to overeat, skip the buffet. Try sharing portions or saving half for later. Check out more healthy tips for dining out.
- I’ll start being healthy tomorrow (next month, after the holidays). Why wait? Start now and you’ll see the benefits sooner. Take small steps to build lasting healthier habits. Begin with these simple tips on how to eat healthy. You’ll be amazed at what you can do — one bite at a time!
Article copyright © 2017 American Heart Association.