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Healthy Eating: Getting Support When Changing Your Eating Habits

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So you've decided to change your eating habits. Great!

Have you thought about getting support in making this change?

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.

How can your family and friends help you?

Your family and friends can do a lot to help you change how you eat, but you need to talk to them about it.

Support from your family

Here are some ways that you and your family can team up.

Support from your friends or family

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 up.

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 needed.

Other types of support

You also can look for support outside of your family and friends.



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Credits for Healthy Eating: Getting Support When Changing Your Eating Habits

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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