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Do You Get Picked on For Your Healthy Eating Habits?

When I started eating less red meat for my health, my rib-loving, steak-ordering friends picked on me big time. They'd wave a bite in my face and say, "Mmm, this is so good. Don't you want one bite?" When I chose a salad over a hamburger, they'd ask me how my rabbit food tasted. It was all in good fun, but after a while, it got annoying having people comment about my eating habits. Does this happen to you? Do you get picked on for your slightly obsessive healthy eating habits?

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Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 9 years
A friend of mine recently wanted to have a "talk", meaning that she suggested I have an eating disorder because I lost a lot of weight the last year. Hell no! I try to eat as few sweets as possible, a lot of veggies and fruits and I replaced most dairy products with soy products. So what? Yes, I do that to keep my body the way it is but it doesn't mean that I'm fucking anorexic. I love my body the way it is, fit and thin. I don't hate my body and try to starve myself, although I probably would if I would gain weight, which is why I don't... jeez.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I hear about it at work, luckily I have a very supportive and healthy man at home and my family doesn't worry about what I eat! I hate when I have to hear, "OMG don't tell me YOU'RE on a diet!" because I pull an apple out of the fridge.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
IT IS PRETTY MUCH CONSTANT IN MY LIFE BECAUSE MY HEALTHY EATING & LIFESTYLE IS PARAMOUNT OVER A LOT OF OTHER THINGS BUT I TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDE AND THINK TO MYSELF THAT I AM DOING MYSELF MUCH GOOD AND WILL BENEFIT FROM MY LIFESTYLE IN THE FUTURE (AND OF COURSE AT THE MOMENT TOO!)
moonlite moonlite 9 years
Since I became a vegan, all the time. Whenever someone says, "enjoy your rabbit food" as they shovel a big bite of beef into their mouth, I just say, "enjoy your colon cancer" and chance the subject.
taratootie taratootie 9 years
Yeah, I eat pretty healthy. I get called a heath-nut a lot. But my friends mostly do it in a way thats like "Yeesh, I wish I could eat that well all the time!" Well, uh, you can! I cook a lot for them and I show them what they can do, so a few small steps are being made by a couple of them. But I do indulge too! I made a delicious dinner friday for my SO and we had bananas foster for dessert (with homemade butter, low fat ice cream and no rum though)... and it was KILLER!
girlwonder76 girlwonder76 9 years
Yes all the time! I'm vegan and most of my family and friends eat meat, so I get picked on all the time. The best was when my cousin waved a slice of ham in front of my face and said, "why don't you just eat the pig". I'm vegan for ethical as well as health purposes, so it was especially lovely of her.
Advah Advah 9 years
Not for what I eat, but how I eat it. I'm pint-sized and get full very quickly, and people keep pushing me to eat more and stop 'starving' myself. Now I actually threaten to throw up on them if they keep forcing me to eat when I'm full. I hate the "you're not fat, you can eat more" - dah, 1.I can't handle more food, and 2.I'm not fat because I pay attention to what I eat.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
"Likewise, adults should be able to indulge once in awhile or else what is the purpose of life?" Junk isn't all that appealing or all that great of an indulgence. I rather have a little bit of good dark chocolate. And how is being able to indulge anyone's purpose in life? And based on what people are posting here, it's obvious people think normal healthy eating is obsessive, even when it isn't at all and it's also obvious people think we're missing out on life because we don't want junk.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I think there's a fine line between eating healthily and being obsessive. My cousins' mother let them only eat healthy food when they were growing up (no cheese, no sweets!) and they ended up being overweight when they reached adolescence because they realized there were better tasting foods in the world and went wild eating everything junky! Alos, a co-worker tells her little girl that plain non-fat yogurt is "ice cream". I say wait until she starts school and realizes what ice cream actually is. No child should be deprived of those kinds of treats. Likewise, adults should be able to indulge once in awhile or else what is the purpose of life?
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
OMG...When I'm like "no thanks, I don't want any bread" My friends flip out and say that I can some and don't be stupid and OMG, you're so crazy! annoying
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No that would be silly!
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 9 years
i get the same lines as you, fit.. my friends tend to actually feel sorry for me when i eat a salat and they eat their greasy pizza/something... they don't understand that i'm enjoying this salad way more than i would enjoy eating a fat packed something..
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
YES. usually, it's an obese woman at work. i just take it as her insecurity.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Sometimes. But I think it's about jealousy and resentment. I'm fit and sculpted, and I look a lot younger than my peers, even those who are a few years younger than me. I get hit-on by college boys. :) I've been eating healthy since I was in high school. I was laughed at and ridiculed a lot back then. Occasionally, nowadays, I run into an old high school friend. They look much, much older than me. They're pot-bellied, thick-waisted, wearing unflattering "mom jeans," etc. One would never guess we were from the same class! Look who's laughing now???
LeLeBabii5 LeLeBabii5 9 years
i get it constantly, from my friends but especially from my family. it's really annoying and sad that people can't practice healthy habits without having to take crap about it from people that should be supportive. My father constantly criticizes how I eat, and I can't even count the number of times he has told me how I am going to have such a "boring life." Well I'm sorry but if the only reason why his life isn't boring is because he is eating greasy cheeseburgers then that's just unfortunate. I definitely agree with those who have said that people feel threatened and jealous by people who eat "properly" because it just puts the spotlight on their own faults and they don't know how else to handle it.
kmacp kmacp 9 years
I gave up eating red meat about 12 years ago. And to this day my mother will mention it like it's brand new. If we're invited over for dinner she'll say something like "Oh, I was going to make hamburgers, but I guess you won't eat those" I thought it would stop after a while, but apparently not.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 9 years
That is one of my biggest pet peeves. I think people do it when they feel guilty for not eating healthy while I have salad or whatever. Still, I don't comment on their choice of food, so I would appreciate that same respect!!
emalove emalove 9 years
Not at all...I'd say my friends and I are all pretty health-conscious and try to eat the best we can.
luvhouse07 luvhouse07 9 years
Not so much for eating healthy, but for apparently "not eating enough." Just becaue a don't eat huge meals 3 times a day, people assume I have an eating disorder.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
My mother's favorite line "I'm sorry we can't have you guys over for dinner more, but I just have no idea what you will let the kids eat." How about nothing with crap in it? "Real food" to me is food that actually resembles its original form!! I definitely think there is a double standard.
stargrrl stargrrl 9 years
It's sad to see that this happens to people. And I agree that some of it comes down to people being jealous of others who work up the will to take care of themselves. I think what bothers these people most is that in seeing that eating well and taking care of yourself can be done then it leaves them with no one to blame but themselves for their state.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I get picked on ALL THE TIME for my eating habits. My husband tells me I need to eat "real food" (meaning red meat and lots of potatoes) and he thinks eating veggies/good food are a waste of money. Good thing I do all the grocery shopping or we'd be eating nothing but Doritos and hot dogs. My family actually understands my eating habits more and they're really understanding about always making sure they have stuff there that I'll eat. A lot of my friends say "Why are you eating that rabbit food? You don't need to lose weight." Does NO ONE understand that you have to continue to eat healthy even when you get to your goal weight?? I swear, no one seems to get that concept. I think a lot of people that pick on healthy eaters are jealous that they don't eat that well. I worked with a woman that was severely obese and she was always eating crap. She was always telling me that I should eat this and that at whatever restaurant because it was so good, etc. I told her that I don't eat out a lot and I like to eat healthy and she seemed like I was personally criticizing her.
geenbean geenbean 9 years
Levi1 -healthcare professionals can have the worst eating habits! I am a young nurse too, and I often get comments on my eating choices, especially since I work nights and comfort food is next to coffee in the fight to get through the shift. However, I am happy to say that I have do have some health food allies and we always bring in healthy snacks for one another.
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
Also, I think that maybe, in some cases, people who criticize us for eating healthy are doing it because they feel guilty/jealous that they're not eating healthy too. It might sound stupid, but I really think that could be the cause of some of it. These people don't have the will/time/etc to change their lifestyles, and they're jealous of the benefits we get for having changed ours.
lizs lizs 9 years
Vegetarian + gluten-intolerant = my eating habits are the subject of every office get-together.
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