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Excuses?

 I recently caught a very important Dr. OZ show.   Topic of the beginning of the show about how people react when given healthy and unhealthy eating choices, and what their excuses were for unhealthy choices.  Heres the highlights:
 
It tasted better:  In comparing two peanut butter cookies, one was double the calories and quadruple the bad fats.  The eaters had no idea that one was healthier than the other. There’s always healthy options you just have to choose.
 
I was with friends or with a group:  Statistics show that when you are eating with one person, you eat 35% more; 7 or more people double the amount, and in a smaller group like 4, up to 75% more.  Its important than you recognize the excuse you give yourself because you are eating (maybe comfort food) with others, and also that you are enabling others to eat unhealthy or more because you care about them.
 
I was limited on time:  Surveys show that people spend more time watching TV and movies  than making healthy choices for eating and exercise.
 
The bottom line is they are all convenient excuses for picking unhealthy options.  It important to recognize these excuses as  excuses rather than reasons, and plan to address them as often as you can. 
 
Pick which excuse is your favorite and vow to make a change whenever you are given the opportunity – that its no longer an excuse for you!
 
Whats the best way to do that? 
If you are unsure whether the food choice is low or high in calories, decline them both or pick something that you know is a healthy option like fruit.
 
If you are with a group for dinner, plan ahead by having a healthy snack before you go or order seperately, make your plate last, and eat slower,  enjoying the conversation instead.
 
Plan ahead.  This is the best way to ensure that you are aware of what your choices are,  and that are ready are  for unfamaliar situations.  Make your own snacks and bring them with you to the movies, eat before you go to a party and just sample one thing you want to try, and when offered a piece of cake from the buffet, politely decline.
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