Fasting Journal 19: When you don't eat like everybody else thinks you should... and you're losing weight.
Funny, everyone cheers you on when you decide to lose weight. And they offer up nice compliments along the way. But tell them you eat very low carb or keto or fast or skip a meal or eat within a certain timeframe and everybody has a meltdown.
Apparently it's only OK to lose weight if you exercise more and eat less, eat low fat and high fibre. Ummm, yes, like that's EVER worked! NOT!!!
So how can we deal with family and friends who just don't get it or think you're on yet another crazy diet?
For me, I've been low carb for years but it's still not very well respected or perhaps not well understood by most people. The idea of not eating bread, pasta, rice, "wholesome" whole wheat grains, etc., seems incomprehensible to these fine folks.
Here's a response I get to my way of eating (accompanied with eye rolling), "Oh you're on that Keto diet thing. I hear it's really high in fat." Conversation is over. No curiosity at all. Just judgement based on lack of knowledge. And assumptions too. Well that was fun.
So my desire to talk about fasting with most of the people I know, on a scale of 1 to 10, is probably a 2.
I'm not surprised at the reaction I get when I adamantly refuse to eat things I just don't eat. I eat this way for my health in the same way other people avoid certain foods for allergy reasons, colitis, IBS or whatever. I AM ON A QUEST FOR HEALTH by eating the way I do.
Eating the way I do has helped me become really healthy BESIDES losing weight. And truthfully, at the age of 56, I'm motivated more by staying healthy. Losing weight is a wonderful bonus.
So how do you talk to people who tune you out, judge you or otherwise don't want to understand? You don't.
What about social activities, family dinners and food pushers?
If you get invited out to a restaurant order a la carte. Tell the server what you want and how you want it prepared. If it's an impromptu invitation and you're not hungry, just have a beverage and say you're not hungry. Period. No explanation needed. Apologies always sound weak and small. Stay strong!
Family dinners, again, eat what works for you. You can load your plate with all the fixings, push food around, chat and have a great time. So what if all you ate was the turkey and the overdone Brussels sprouts? You can honestly say, "Whew! That was some turkey! I am so full!"
Food pushers. Again, just say "Thank you. That cake looks amazing but I'm stuffed." If they insist, put a piece on your plate, push it around, enjoy your tea of coffee and then help clear the table, scrape the cake into the trash. If they "double-insist" it's OK to say, "Hey, really now... I'm not hungry, not even a little! You can have my piece." Keep your face dead serious. Excuse yourself from the table or start a conversation unrelated to the food.
What if a person is seriously interested in your way of eating and the results you're getting? Then by all means, boil the kettle for a cuppa tea and regale them with how awesome you feel living this way.
You just do you. You don't need to apologise for fasting or for how you eat, or for anything at all.
I love to say, "I never eat on an empty stomach!" That always gets attention. Woot!! Woot!!
Start Weight: 154
Today's Weight: 148 (-6) no change from yesterday
1/2 tbsp butter
2 cups mesclun
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp cream cheese
2 tbsp stewed rhubarb (no sugar added)
1.5 square Lindt 90% dark chocolate
15 chopped, toasted almonds
Net Carbs: 16.1g
71% Fat, 24% Protein, 6% Carbs
3 sets of 12 squats
40 second wall sit
That's it for Fasting Journal 19 - Let's see what tomorrow brings. I love surprises!
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