All too often, I’ve felt forced to explain – no, DEFEND – my food choices as if choosing to eat unprocessed food is some crazy, fringe choice that’ll leave me – what? – McDonald’s deficient?
For a very long time, I approached the “so what’s this crazy ‘diet’ you do?” (ahem…the eating food that has always been food diet?) with a defensive attitude.
I would bristle, become frazzled, and either 1) over-explain so that the
interrogator friend lost interest (eyes glaze over, hears Peanuts adult voice) OR 2) I’d become overly aggressive about my answers, as if their opinions or disapproval would somehow cause trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup to leap into my pie-hole when I wasn’t paying attention.
(Good News: nobody’s opinion can truly threaten your nutritional well-being; it’s not going to cause spontaneous ingestion of HFCS or Crisco.)
Even worse, I often assumed that the person asking was intent on disliking or judging my choices no matter what, rather than asking out of genuine curiosity. Lots of assumptions. And you know what happens when you assume…
Here’s the truth: the only person that chooses what goes in your mouth and why is you, and there’s no reason to be threatened by anyone else’s opinion. Hopefully your food choices bring you joy, don’t foster more food or Diet neuroses, and support a happy life; but whatever you accomplish with what you eat, it’s not truly necessary for you to convince anyone. Takes the pressure off, right?
What’s more important than making a case for Real Food? Check out my video to find out.
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Balanced Bites Podcast #403: Michelle Shapiro, RD lost 100lbs (but doesn’t recommend it): when weight loss is unsafe – and what to do instead
Episode 403 Topics: Is weight loss always “good?” What that feeling of “urgency” really means when it comes to losing weight; “all foods fit:” but