I eat really, really healthy about 80% of the time, and when I’m at work, it’s 100%. I don’t have much choice but to eat what I bring with me, because my dietary restrictions keep me from eating take-out or a quick sandwich from the cafeteria.
As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, I’m working really hard to lose some extra weight that has crept on and stayed on over the years. I’m focused on my intake and burn to ensure I’m keeping the right level of calorie deficit so that my body doesn’t freak out since I’m also training. This means I’m finding ways to eat things that are healthy, but make me happy, so I never feel deprived.
Some of my colleagues give me crap, always give me crap, because I eat healthy food. I can’t eat most dairy, so it limits a lot of options, so what I need up eating is healthier than what most people even think of as healthy food.
A pretty typical lunch
Last week, our market President stopped by my office while I was eating and said, while chuckling, “you eat disturbingly healthy”. I laughed and we chatted about work, but it made me think about how often someone comments on my healthy food. At least once a day. Think about that. Once a day I’m forced to stay strong and resist being pressured into eating something by being health bullied.
Healthy bullying: The act of aggressive commenting, harassing or embarrassing someone because they’re being healthy.
In a society that is filled with over-indulgence (my IG and FB feeds were filled with overly indulgent pictures all weekend), you’d think people would applaud someone who’s taken on a healthy way of life. Instead, too often, they are chided for being too healthy, not having fun, or not enjoying life.
I, for one, can tell you, in the last couple of weeks of being really focused on my diet and training, I’ve had almost no cravings, and am eating really delicious food.
Dinner Friday night was a tortilla pizza. Ah-Mazing.
I know part of it is that people which they had the focus, the means, or the time to eat healthy, and live healthy. But it doesn’t make it feel any less bad.
Imagine how hard it would be as an overweight child or teen who’s trying to be healthy instead of eating chips and pizza like everyone else. I often imagine how difficult this would be if I didn’t have the financial means to buy lots of fresh food, and take risks that something doesn’t work.
I’m not asking everyone to count their macros, or eat a minimum of 4 servings of spinach a day. But I am asking why must the world criticize those who are living a healthy lifestyle?
So stand strong against the health bullies, and keep eating that kale salad, or running your daily miles. If you’re doing what makes you happy, and healthy, no one can take that away from you. >