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Dear Pretending To Be Concerned

I'm Not on a Diet I'm Eating Healthy

Dear Pretending To Be Concerned

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For a Friday you would probably prefer a pretty montage of photos but I need to get this off my chest.

People often assume that if you eat healthy or are vegan that you must be in a constant state of deprivation. No one could actually eat healthy and enjoy it right?  Ladies and gentlemen this is where you are sadly mistaken. Unfortunately (or fortunately) if you’re reading this blog I’m probably preaching to the converted, but maybe you might be able to relate or share some insight as to how to deal, as I have been coming accross this issue alot lately? Has anyone else?

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When I say no to birthday cake or lollies at work I’m often met with-why are you so restrictive with your diet? Why are you depriving yourself.

“Depriving” seems to be the buzz word at the moment, it was mentioned in my Women’s Health & Fitness interview and I have read numerous blog post over the last few months that go something along the lines of why deprive yourself, life’s too short not to eat cake!

Umm yeah it is – just stop eating crappy cake full and crappy ingredients and you can eat all the cake you want.

Healthy people without even trying to seem to insult others by their food choice. Sure I might blog about food but in “real life” I don’t question what anyone eats – if they ask me for my opinion I’ll give it but I would never volunteer it. However if I politely say no to a biscuit I’m often met with the “deprivation speech” concluded with well it tastes really good, your the one who is missing out! Great thanks so much.

 I eat mainly plant based whole foods and the truth is I don’t crave “traditional” junk food anymore. I’m not “depriving” myself because I no longer want these types of foods – real deprivation would be having to give up chocolate crackles or homemade chocolate!

There are so many amazing tasting and healthy foods out there that help your body, sure it takes a bit more creativity and organisation in the beginning but isn’t that half the fun?

So the next time someone politely declines your tim tam, just let it go…They may allergic, avoiding a particular ingredient, unable to eat it for religious reasons or simply not hungry. Just as you don’t like to be questioned over what you do and don’t eat, I’m sure neither does your friend!

Questions: Do you ever feel like you have to justify what you do and don’t eat? Any strategies for dealing with this?

What’s everyone getting up to this weekend? I’m going to an anti gravity yoga class tomorrow, I’ll let you know how I go…xx

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  • Sarlm | Apr 27, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I had to change my diet drastically about 2 years ago when I discovered I had intolerances to wheat, salicilates, amines, soy and fructose. It took a long time to get to where I am now, but I am so much healthier because if it and am so aware of what goes into everything I eat. I am constantly met with this defensiveness and deprivation rubbish! I have had friends of friends say "oh, you're not fat, why are you on a diet??", when I say no to wheat laden foods, and then try to convince me to eat something, or people who tell me how "depressing" it must be to miss out on what they eat. It's so hard to explain to people because they have never heard of intolerances and people simply won't believe that I don't miss fast food or putting rubbish into my body, I have never been healthier than I am now.

    • Jessica Nazarali

      Jessica Nazarali | Apr 28, 2012 at 5:42 am

      Hi Sarlm! It's great to hear how your health has improved by cutting out certain foods. You know what's right for your body and don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise! xx

  • Amanda_Rootsey | Apr 28, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Fantastic post! I feel like you have done all the venting for me now and I am calm again… haha
    I was with some girlfriends the other day and they all went up to get another drink and when I got a water or juice instead of a champagne I was given death stares and bombarded with questions. I'm the one who doesn't want to poison myself and I'm the weird one!

    • Jessica Nazarali

      Jessica Nazarali | Apr 28, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Hahaha I'm glad the post gave you some peace! xxx

  • Tegan ( Tink) | Apr 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I get this quite frequently( and for the most part from family). I usually shrug it off and politely say something along the lines of: I don't criticize you for eating MacDonalds so please let me eat my organic, raw balls free of negative opinion. I think most are either curious, they just don't really understand and it scares them. I find persistence and standing your ground works over time. These days at work they don't bother to ask me if I'd like hot chips or cakes because they know what the answer will be.

    Don't let it get to you. Just think of all the other healthy eaters you communicate with on the interweb:)xxx

    • Jessica Nazarali

      Jessica Nazarali | Apr 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks Tink! Good to hear that you are standing your ground, knowing that there are other healthy eaters out there makes it so much easier! Thank you xx

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