My church has an upcoming women’s event, which is going to be held at a restaurant. The woman in charge of the event sent all the women invited two choices for restaurants. The plan is to have us vote on the place, and the winner will be where the event is held.
I voted for the restaurant that I knew had the healthiest options. One with plenty of salads, turkey burgers, and even a veggie burger. They offer whole wheat buns and bread, and even a gluten free option. This place also has a great dessert selection, so I figured there would be a nice balance there for the women coming.
When I told Ninja of why I selected my restaurant, he looked at me and said "You should just tell people you’re a vegetarian. Wouldn’t that be much easier?"
In a sense, he’s right.
I am constantly having to defend my healthy eating habits to people. Why do you eat so many vegetables? Why don’t you eat red meat? We’re at a BBQ restaurant, why are you ordering a veggie burger?
It would be so much easier to simply say, "I’m vegetarian." They would say ok, and move on. I might have to explain why I gave up meat, but after that, it would be locked into their brains that I’m a vegetarian and it would no longer be an issue. But saying I like to fuel my body with clean foods that are going to provide me with the best nutrients to live the kind of life I want to, will automatically lead to a debate and a million questions.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it’s easy to be a vegetarian. I’m just saying a lot of people won’t pressure or push you when they know you have given up certain foods, such as meat.
I can’t even tell you how many times someone has said to me "why don’t you just have a bite? It won’t kill you." OR "come on, live a little! It’s just sugar."
Or this one, which is my favorite, "Just eat it. You know you’re going to work out for 2 hours tomorrow anyway."
They completely miss the point. I don’t want it, why is this being forced on me?!
The thing that really gets me, is when people harass me when I DO eat the food they push on me.
"Whaaat? You’re really eating a cupcake? Oh my gosh I guess you’ll be running a while tomorrow huh?"
I always laugh when people say that being healthy is tough. I never found it to be tough when it comes to healthy eating. Don’t eat junk, watch your sugar, load up on plants. Pretty simple right? The hard part is putting up with others questions and stares. Once you can get over that, being healthy is as simple as…pie.
Do you get frustrated when people question your healthy eating habits? Are you ever harassed or made fun of by family/friends?