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So you've decided to change your eating habits.
Have you thought about getting support in making this
Having the support of people close to you is an important
part of change. It doesn't matter if you're changing a job, a routine, or how
you eat—support gives you a better chance of making the change work.
Your family and friends can do a lot to help you change how you
eat, but you need to talk to them about it.
Here are some ways that
you and your family can team up.
Here are some
ways that your friends or family can help you. Ask them to:
Many people find that having a partner or "food buddy"
makes the change easier. A food buddy is someone who is also making changes in
his or her eating habits.
It's motivating to know
that someone is sharing the same goals. Your food buddy can remind you how far
you've come and support you when you're having a hard time following your
eating plan. You and your buddy can talk about healthy recipes, ways to plan
regular meals, and how to fit small amounts of your favorite foods into your
food plan, for example.
You may find that some friends or family
members say or do things that make you feel bad. They seem not to want you to
succeed. They may urge you to eat more than you want, make negative comments
about your new eating habits, or point out how many times you may have slipped
If this happens, it's important to talk to these people. They
may not even be aware that they are doing it or that it bothers you. If you
need to, ask them to stop doing this. You also can ask them why they are
behaving this way. You might find that they are worried that your change is
leaving them out or that you are making them look bad. They may not like
the attention your change is getting you.
If this is the case,
ask them what you can do to help them. Often, an honest talk is all that is
You also can look for
support outside of your family and friends.
Thompson WG, et al. (2007). Treatment of obesity.
Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 82(1): 93–102. Available
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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