You probably have been eating healthily and exercising regularly. But, sometimes, when you are eating with your friends and see them eating lots of meat with soda, what will you do?
Will you say something to her or him or will you just keep quiet?
For me, it depends on the friendship and situation:
- I do spoil myself with fast food, chocolate, ice cream or Starbucks coffee occasionally after weeks of workout. So, if my friend is having a “cheat day” diet like me, I doubt I will say anything. It is important to know your friend eating habit before you jump into conclusion that she always eats junk.
- Second, women tend to be more sensitive than men. My guy friends normally have no issue when I tell them to watch their diet or exercise, but I am very tactful when I have to say the same thing to ladies. As much as they want the reality check from a friend, they can easily get offended if the wrong word such as fat, overweight, flabby or plump is used.
- Some of my friends actually requested me to give my comments on what he eat – whether he has eaten too much meat. I have lunch with him pretty often and we work in the same place. We are close enough to trust each other and therefore this sort of communication works.
- Of course that is also another group of people, regardless of gender, does not take comments with open mind. To them, “who are you to tell me what is good or bad?”
Therefore, consider following few pointers before you say anything:
- Look at the friendship and understand your friend’s eating habit. It sounds weird too if you are overweight yet keep on offering eating advice to someone who has better body shape.
- Look at the situation too. Do not offer any advice during a buffet or in a party. People are looking for fun and you can leave that advice to some other day. Never offer advice when third person in presence.
- Praise your friends when they eat healthily. Make them know that they are doing something good. Trust me, this type of compliment will spark off more discussion on how to eat or cook healthily.
- The most important thing is to let your friends know that you care. Make your intention clear. You offer advice because you want to genuinely help, not to make them look bad. Share with them the mistake you have made and the lesson you have learned.
Have you done any thing listed above? I am keen to hear from you.
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