Thought for the Day--March 21, 2011: Loved Ones and Unhealthy Behavior


If someone you love is engaging in unhealthy behavior, such as overeating or drug abuse, do what you can to help effect change, but without being judgmental and naggy.

Obviously, drug abuse is much more immediately dangerous than overeating, but it's still difficult to watch someone slowly killing him or herself with a fork and knife.

If your adult loved one doesn't want help, there isn't much you can do, other than not enabling that person's destructive behavior.

For example, for family or social gatherings, you are not obligated to bring high-calorie treats. In fact, you can use this as an opportunity to bring healthy treats that are both low calorie/fat and tasty. Perhaps your family member or friend will get the message when he or she sees how much you are enjoying your diet and new lifestyle.

Show, don't nag.

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