Are friends or family not as supportive as you'd like? Don't
despair. Our Diabetes Queensland panel has the answers!
Dilemma - My friend says she is supportive of me
losing weight and being healthier but always tries to tempt me
with cake and big servings of food.
Response - This is a situation where you must
practice self love first rather than worry about displeasing
a friend. Don't wait for the situation to arise before
discussing the issue. Talk to her now about your health goals
and seek her support in helping you achieve them. You may
find she has some great ideas.
Dilemma -There are lots of
morning teas at work and other events. How do I abstain
from all the party food without drawing attention to myself or
feeling like a party pooper?
Response - Everyone deserves a treat
now and then. The secret is to "plan'' for it and include it
as part of your overall food intake for the week. Look what else
you can cut back on to accommodate it, such as that
daily latte or glass of wine. Word of advice: don't take food
back to your desk because you will feel compelled to eat
Dilemma - Do you have any strategies to help me
maintain my willpower when it wanes?
Response - Keep a list of your goals on
the fridge to serve as a reminder. Don't beat
yourself up if you do have an off-day or week. It happens. The
important thing is to get back on track. Identify your "weak''
moments. Most of us are creatures of habit, so if Friday night
is weak point for junk food, consider having the ingredients
at hand to make your own pizza - one that is healthy and still
Dilemma - My family says they would like to be healthier
but I'm having trouble getting everyone on board and ditching
some bad habits. Help!
Response - Involve the whole family in the
planning, whether it is about making lifestyle changes in general
or developing a meal plan for the week. Get them to join
in the food preparation and clean-up. While someone in the
family has to take the lead, the thinking, work and commitment
can't fall to one person. This is a great opportunity to help your
kids learn about taking ownership of their goals.
Dilemma - What are two easy things I can do right
now to start making a positive difference to my weight or
lifestyle in general?
Response - Don't wait to feel motivated
to start. You just have to get going. Start by working out
some real, achievable goals. You can always revisit them. Begin
with simple changes like stopping sugar in your coffee, doing
away with white bread and walking 15 minutes every
day then gradually increasing your activity levels. Guess
what? You're doing it!
Dilemma - My partner has this perception that
eating healthy will cost us more. Is this the case?
Response - While there may be an initial
set-up cost, developing a weekly meal plan can actually save you
money as you are not buying goods you might not use.
Dilemma - How do I keep motivated cooking for
Response - Don't be afraid to make
meals that are designed for two or more people. If
suitable, they can be frozen for later or used can be used for
work lunches. Meal planning will help you feel more
in control, lessen waste and generally make cooking more