I have a growing pet peeve…
No it’s not people that bite their nails, or people that chew with their mouth open…
It’s people that make comments on my decision to bring and eat a healthy lunch in the workplace or any place for that matter.
The conversation never seems to go away.
Yesterday was the first day I brought my lunch into the office. We all sat in our cute cafe and ate lunch together. I brought a roasted veggie quinoa salad over spinach.
But of course…. half of lunch became a discussion about what I was eating, why a person my size doesn’t need to be eating healthy and if that was all I was going to eat for the day…
It’s one thing to ask what another person is eating for lunch, I think it’s only human nature and an obvious topic to talk about during lunch but it’s another to criticize the person for eating a healthy meal.
Shouldn’t it be the opposite way around? Shouldn’t it be a good thing that I am eating healthy and a topic of conversation that you aren’t?
I am not sure if this happens to anyone else, but it is something I am sick of hearing. “You are the size of my thigh, just eat a cookie/browine/cupcake?”
I am the size of your thigh because I choose to eat and live a healthy lifestyle and when I crave a brownie, french fries or a grilled cheese w/ ranch, I will eat it believe me!
So my warning is this, it is ok to ask what everyone is eating and it is ok to be inquisitive about the healthy options someone brings for lunch. You will probably learn something new…
But next time you are about to make a comment saying that the person your eating with should be eating a burger and fries like you are, instead of a salad, please reconsider why you are saying it and if it is necessary.
Yesterday, I asked a few of my girlfriends if this ever happens to them and it was astonishing to me to hear that they are all quietly sharing the same criticism that I am.
It is no easy feat to make healthy choices all the time, especially in this day in age.
So if someone is making those healthy choices don’t make it harder on them. Applaud them, ask questions and learn about the benefits of what they are eating instead.
The only magic pill we have to a healthy life is making healthy choices everyday.