It’s Easier With a Friend


Lots of people make the decision to improve their eating habits. Yet, not everyone who makes this choice follows through. Why? It might have something to do with social support.

If you decide you’d like to eat a healthier diet like the MIND Diet, but you don’t enroll the support of those around you, it will be harder to be successful.

It can be hard to share intimate details about your body and brain, but by letting others know that you are trying to make changes, you may find their support can make a world of difference. For example, if you’re eating out with your best friend, and she knows you’re looking to eat more veggies, she might point out some yummy options for you on the menu. If your coworkers know you’re avoiding sugar, perhaps they’ll bring whole-grain bagels for breakfast instead of donuts.

And, as an added bonus, maybe your good habits will rub off on the people around you.


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