I find myself becoming some sort of workaholic, I spend most of my time at work and the little breaks I get in between or dedicated to more work. I do love what I do but sometimes you find yourself at a road of no return especially when you are trying to establish better eating habits. I am learning more and more everyday about having a healthy relationship with food; at times it can be hard but I think that finding healthy alternatives to my favorite treats has done the trick so far.
I recently realized that since I do spend so much time at work, the eating habits of my coworkers have rubbed off on me. I know it was not intentionally done but with all the potlucks, parties, cookouts, and game nights at restaurants easily packed on the pounds over the years. I am not one to make a fuss over food, but when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle it can feel like there is a delicious bump in the road at every turn. I was not able to maintain my new and improved lifestyle because of those delicious bumps, so I would just give and eat to have fun as I call it.
Right now things have been going great with my eating habits, but I feel as if I am alienating myself from my co-works. Lately I have been getting comments and remarks that are appalling to me, some of the comments are very hurtful even if they are jokes. I never knew my eating habits would rub my coworkers the wrong way but I guess they have.
I really don’t see it as a bad thing because I have been feeling alienated as well, when they go out to eat I politely decline even though I want to go I know I would not make the right choices. I know it is very, very hard to maintain relationships with friends and food.
I kind of know the feeling about eating at work. I constantly eat salad and tuna or chicken for lunch. Everyone else goes out for lunch. Sometimes I feel I miss some team building or just small talk since I am the only one left out. It’s probably nothing but, just kind of weird.
I agree I always think that they are always wondering why, I am not going with them especially since I always use to go to lunch…
The negative remarks I got were appalling as well, especially with certain networks. My long term friends were, fortunately, more understanding. You’re doing what’s best for your body. If you get another negative comment, be polite as possible. Everyone knows that eating healthy is best for you. They’re probably jealous of your discipline and strength.
Thank you so much, I try not to believe they are jealous but you maybe right… How did you handle it ??
I shrugged it off and then blogged about it. As a learning experience or in hindsight, if it’s someone I will see daily, you educate them on respect. Sad you have to do that with grownups.
I know how you feel, girl. People sometimes take it the wrong way and think you are being rude, when in reality, all you are trying to do is maintain your health- nothing rude about that! My friends sometimes do the same thing, and they don’t mean to be hurtful, but it still makes me feel a little alienated, as you say. Just give it a little time and hopefully they should just get used to it. I sometimes find that it helps to take my own food to places where I know there is going to be a lot of junk. Obviously this isn’t always practical, but it may be ok for some situations. Stay strong!! 🙂 xoxo
I may half to try taking my food with me, that is a great ideal! Thanks 🙂
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