“I Could Never Eat All That Meat!” Part 2

After posting my thoughts (here for Part 1) on this common comment, I thought of more. So let’s keep going, shall we?

5) They think meat is disgusting and unhealthy. I remember the look on my husband’s face when I ordered chicken on the bone at a restaurant years ago. I was happily gnawing away as politely as I could until I looked up and he was staring at me with such disgust that I couldn’t finish my meal. He’s over that now, of course. But the stigma remains in our culture, proving that the low-fat minions have done their job well. Sure, sometimes your second slice of bacon-wrapped meatloaf feels a bit decadent, but at least we have the peace of mind knowing it’s for a good cause—our health!

6) Well then. I guess you don’t want to lose all that weight. You know the drill. A friend or family member moans on and on about their weight or health problem and you’ve told them over and over about your WOE, to no avail. And yet, they keep complaining. It’s hard to convey that we all hit a point with the SAD where it’s not serving us anymore, but that to expect different results from more of the same is insanity. They call it aging, they say it’s their metabolism slowing down (whatever that means), as though it were perfectly natural to feel like shit once you reach a certain age and to think you deserve better at 40 or 50 or 60 is over-reaching. Chances are, they think that all they have to do is buckle down and exercise more and eat less. And we all know how well that works.

What sorts of things do you hear a lot? Why does it drive you crazy?


2 Responses to ““I Could Never Eat All That Meat!” Part 2”

  1. My favorite now is “did you lose a lot of weight? you look great! How did you do it?”, then after answering, “That is so unhealthy. You need low fat and whole grains to lose weight…” Hello!! I’m standing right in front of you as proof positive that it works!!! This ‘blindness’ baffles me.

    My new response is “Diet and exercise.” If they persist, I ask them if they are interested in losing weight and getting healthy themselves. If they answer yes, then I will elaberate.

    • Yeah, it’s fun to watch the light in their eyes go out when you start to tell them how you lost the weight. :) Do people really think they can get healthier without making sacrifices and change? It’s so strange.

      Your tactic is a good one. Sometimes all it takes is a bridge to get people to listen.

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