Keeping Friends While Changing Eating Habits
Recently my doctor scheduled a nutritionist appointment for me. At first, I was surprised at her suggestion. But after thinking about what I eat with my friends, it makes sense.
When I’m out with my girls and we get hungry, we try to grab food that’s both satisfying and cost-efficient. We usually end up at Mcdonald’s.
I find it hard to muster the courage to say, “No, I’m going to go home and eat a salad,” and resist my usual medium fries.
My friends tend not to dwell on what they consume. But every time I eat fast food, a sense of guilt hovers over me. I start to think about long term health effects. Diabetes runs in my family and that scares me.
But I don’t know if I can make different decisions by myself. I’m worried if I change my habits, things will become awkward, socially. I’ll damper the mood or my friends will start to feel the same guilt that I do.
In the back of my mind, I know that the key to change involves practice. Now the challenge is convincing my friends to support me in practicing a new routine.