Healthy Living

How to Give the Gift of Health Without Offending

With the holidays approaching it’s only natural to want the very best for your friends and family. You want them to be happy and healthy; you want their lives to be filled with joy and love.

It’s hard for us to see a loved one who is suffering, unhappy, or unhealthy when we think that all of their problems could be solved if they could get back in control of their life.

It’s especially difficult when you have been in their shoes! You know that their life would improve if they were more comfortable in their own skin.

Whether that means eating healthy, losing weight or getting more active, you know because you’ve been there!

So the question is, how do you help them to take that first step? Do you give them a gym membership and a scale for Christmas and hope they understand that you’re coming from a place of love?

Hmmm, probably not.

Here are four things you should know before you attempt to give the gift of health this holiday season.

1. They Need to Want It

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The very first thing you need to know is that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. It might sound cheesy but it’s true.

You can give all the gym memberships, weight loss plans and meal replacement shakes in the world, and none of it will make any difference if the person you’re giving them to doesn’t want to change.

You can’t force motivation onto your loved one, there is nothing you can say or do that will kickstart their transformation. They need to want it first.

2. Be the Example

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Just because your friend isn’t motivated (yet) doesn’t mean you can’t rave about your new healthy lifestyle. Tell them the changes that you’re excited about, the weight loss plan you’re using and why you love it so much.

Make sure you follow through with all of your new healthy-lifestyle-talk though. You could invite them over for a healthy and delicious dinner or if they want to go out to eat find a restaurant with healthy options.

DO NOT make them feel guilty if their choices aren’t as healthful as yours.

3. Be There for Them

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Let them know that you’ll be there for them no matter what.

You love them unconditionally and you want them to feel that love.

That way when they do want to lose weight or transform their lifestyle they’ll come to you, their go-to healthy friend, for help, answers, and support.

4. Provide the Support They Need

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Everyone is different, so everyone is going to need a different kind of support. Some people want a friend that can be their “food police” while others just need someone to lend an ear and listen without providing advice or solutions.

If your loved one shows interest in a getting a gym membership or has talked about trying that awesome weight loss plan you’re always talking about that’s the perfect opportunity to buy them a gift that will bring them health.

The 30-day IdealPlan package is a great way to help support a friend on their weight loss journey. It’s simple and convenient enough to fit into even the busiest lifestyle. Plus, with our 30-day money back guarantee you don’t have to worry about your friend hating it!

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Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten Jackson

Writer and expert

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