Do others make you feel bad for being healthy or caring about your health? Do you find friends or family members encouraging you to be unhealthy with them or making annoyed faces when you choose not to eat something at events? Do you ever find yourself trying to cover up your healthy choices because it’s “not the norm.” Are you sick of having to justify your food and environment choices?????????
I’ve been ridiculed for the way I eat for the past 10 years (at least). I’ve come to ignore it most of the time, but there are still instances where I find myself “eating something anyway” or not sharing my true opinion, because I don’t want people to think I’m a food snob or judging them for their personal choices.
Do I occasionally over-indulge? Of course. Do I ALWAYS follow my own “food rules?” No. Do I go out to eat and sometimes say, “what the hell,” absolutely…but do I mostly eat healthy; YES!
I AM pretty anal about what I eat and what I choose to feed my family; I eat 90-95% organic, I opt for pastured or grass-fed meats and animal products, I’m a sucker for locally grown produce, I get anxiety when I don’t have fruits and veggies available 24/7 (and go out and buy some immediately if I don’t), I refuse to buy or eat anything that contains GMO’s, non-organic soy, HFCS, artificial flavors/natural flavors/artificial sweeteners, etc…, this is only because I want to feed my family as optimally as I can. I shouldn’t be ridiculed or judged for it…because I’m not judging you!
What frustrates me, is that I used to watch what I would say around certain people and pretend like I’m not as “anal” around others because I knew what I chose to eat is not the norm. I didn’t want THEM judging ME for making the health decisions I do; strange as that sounds.
Can anyone else relate?
The point of this post is not to make myself sound like a superior eater…I am NOT believe me. My point is to simply let you know that whatever healthy choices you choose to make or change in your current lifestyle, you should own them!! Be PROUD of making such positive changes because it’s impacting your health in a HUGE way! Whatever other people think, WHO CARES! YOU know what you are doing is the right choice for YOU!! If those surrounding you give you grief, then deep down they are probably just feeling jealous that they haven’t made those choices for themselves. It’s wrong of people to make YOU feel poorly for doing something positive for YOUR health!!
Don’t you agree!??
QUESTION: Has anyone else ever felt judged for making healthy choices? What was your experience? Do you judge others? Why?Print