Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Little Whine With Your Feta Cheese?

Sometimes standing firm in your beliefs will leave you standing all alone. When it comes to eating healthy and putting only foods in my body that produce good results - I stand firm...sometimes too firm.

I've found that less arguments break out over talking about religion or politics (firmly planted am I on the correct side of both), rather than healthy eating. Thankfully as I've matured, I've learned to keep my beliefs on this subject to myself unless someone else starts it first. Then all bets are off.

Now, I don't want you to think that I'm one of those "you're not really gonna eat that, are you?" people. And I certainly don't start the conversation by saying "let me tell you the errors of your ways". No. When invited to give my opinion, I focus on talking about good healthy foods and how they benefit our bodies. The conversation quickly turns to, "well, what about....(it's usually some sugared convenience food, disguised as healthful)". This is the point when I've either made a friend or I haven't. Seriously, people get offended when they're told that junk food builds junk bodies (I've never really said it like that)! Why do you think people are so offended when they are told that the foods they eat aren't good for them? My policy on my passion of talking about good healthy foods is: speak to when spoken to or at least when invited to do so. But sometimes, I just can't help myself. Here is a true story of a trip to Whole Foods over the weekend:

The family had scattered in different directions in Whole Foods, leaving me to browse the cheese section by myself - oh yum. I noticed an older man standing in front of the feta cheese section, reading one label after another. His body language had an element of sadness to it.

A little voice in my head said, say something to him.
Ok, like what?
All I could come up with was, "feta cheese is yummy isn't it?"
He looked up and said "no, I hate it".
Oh my, where does one go from here?

Me: "Why are you buying it then?"

Him: "My doctor just told me I have to lose 30 pounds and I've got Type 2."

Me: "I'm so sorry."

Him: "That's why I'm shopping at this fancy store and not my regular grocery store."

Me: "Maybe you could think of this as an adventure."

Him: "I don't want an adventure. I don't want to change. I like the food that I like."

Me: "Maybe you'll learn to like new foods." Big smile AND turn.

Quickly I escape because I seriously have nothing left to say. This got me thinking. Food is deeper than I like what I like. What we eat sort of defines each of us a little bit. If you're told that the foods you like are no good, it's personal - almost insulting. What we like to eat is part of who we are.

Most people get multiple warnings to eat healthier from their doctors long before they have no choice but to change their diets completely. And when forced to change, one can be resentful. Forced changes do not equal lasting changes.

What we eat directly affects our health and our ability to enjoy life to its fullest. The time to make positive changes in eating habits is when you haven't been backed into a corner and have no choice but to do it and now - ordered by your doctor.

Life is an adventure. Be healthy and enjoy it.

Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman

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