Today I want to talk about healthy options.
Sometimes, there is temptation to eat unhealthy foods, and it’s even more difficult when you’re around other people (i.e., friends, family, classmates, or co-workers) who are eating poorly. Someone brought everyone doughnuts, cake, candy, or cookies, and now you’re tempted.
Well, although it might be difficult, always look for the healthier option. My NUMBER ONE TIP is to always have a healthy snack with you (i.e., in your car, purse, backpack, pocket, pantry at home, wherever) because there are so many temptations to eat unhealthily. Don’t just choose the chips in the vending machine because you have nothing else to eat.
Plus, think of how much better you would feel with this in your system. This is particularly important if you are involved in sports. For example, pretty much any nut (ex: almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, etc.) and dried fruit (ex: dried mangoes, prunes, raisins, etc.) can be stored in your car and/or backpack for long periods of time. If you are able to prepare a snack for the next day, you can pack something that needs refrigeration, such as carrots and hummus, edamame, apples and peanut butter, or Greek yogurt.
Have you ever heard of the analogy comparing your body to a car? If someone suggested you put a teaspoon of sugar into the gas tank every time you filled it up, you would think they were CRAZY and say something along the lines of, “Why would I ruin a perfectly good engine?!” The same logic applies to the food you use to fuel your body. It doesn’t make sense.
When you eat french fries, doughnuts, chips, or other heavily processed foods with abnormal amounts of fat or sugar, it puts heavy strains on your organs and forces your liver, kidneys, and intestines to work extra hard to do something they weren’t designed to do. Your body can do amazing things, so don’t ruin it by eating the wrong foods.
Also, have fun with it and don’t think of it as a challenge. Think of it as a lifestyle. Once your body (and taste buds) get acquired to the change, it will become a habit.
For more information on healthy living, my book “The Ultimate Teen Guide to a Healthy Life”, or hiring me as your Health & Wellness Coach, please visit http://www.courtneymalinchak.com/