You're shopping with a friend and she turns to you and asks you to put on a pair of pants in your bag and walk out of the store.
Yes, without paying for it. Shoplifting.
My guess is your answer would be 'NO WAY' You're not a thief and you definitely don't want to deal with the repercussions of getting caught.
I am also assuming you would NOT have to think very hard about saying no. Your immediate answer would be no because you don't steal. It just isn't who you are. You live by certain values that tell you stealing is wrong so you wouldn't even consider doing it.
Well, guess what? Those same rules, ethics and benefits can apply to many other things in life. They can also apply to what you eat.
When you develop a certain belief system about what kind of food you want to put in your body (and those you don't) it makes eating clean much less of a struggle.
When someone offers you junk, you don't even have to think about it before saying no.
Soda and Doritos? No thank you. I just don't eat those things.
If you're not sure if this is something you can do. I PROMISE YOU it isn't as tough as you think!
I've broken it down to 13 Commandments of a Healthy Lifestyle!
1. Aim for one serving of protein at each meal, INCLUDING SNACKS (20-30g)
2. Keep trigger foods out of your house - if you can't just have one serving, just stop buying it.
3. For packaged foods or bars - think double digit protein, single digit sugar (yes, this means you need to check ALL OF THE LABELS)
4. Hydrate. Keep a water bottle with you at all times.
6. Keep it realistic. If you can't maintain it for A FULL YEAR don't even attempt it
7. Leave room for foods you enjoy in reasonable quantities
8. Pop (soda), energy drinks, sugary flavored coffees and alcohol
9. Fast food, fatty restaurants, cheap on-the-go meals
10. Sugary snacks like candies, cookies and cakes
11. Eating high fat and high carbs together (like a greasy burger and french fries)
12. Waiting so long to eat that you're starving and want something fast and easy
13. Starving yourself as a shortcut to losing weight
This might be a cake walk if you are already living this way but if you are not (or someone close to you is not and you want to help them change) my best advice is to start small.
Pick one of the recommendations to start with and work at that one ONLY. For example, you could work on eliminating microwaved meals or canned foods. Or if you're a pop drinker, start by slowly reducing your soda intake.
Often times we fail at diet changes because we attempt to change it all at once. It is hard, we slip up, feel defeated and eventually give up.
Taking things slowly and recognizing this is a gradual lifestlye change over time is more likely to set you up for success.
Once you've managed to make this way of eating a natural part of your every day life, you can decide if you want to do more.
Clean eating is A LIFESTYLE, not a diet.
If you want help applying these rhave to think very hard about saying no. Your imediated answer would be no because you don't steal. It just isn't who you are. You live by certain values that tell you stealing is wrong so you wouldn't even consider doing it.