Have you ever felt like people think you’re “picky” when it comes to what you choose to eat? Do you get comments like “why can’t you just eat ‘normal’ like everyone else” or “you’re so fussy when it comes to food, what CAN you eat?” Well, you’re not alone – but enough is enough. Read on for more to learn how I deal with these neverending comments about how I choose to eat and Why YOU should be “Picky” about YOUR Food!
First of all, it’s OK to be “picky” about what you’re willing to put into your body and if someone can’t accept that – well, that’s their problem. Although I do think that most people just don’t know the true reason behind it, they probably think it’s only about weight. Personally, I don’t think weight should ever be the only reason behind eating healthily.
However, if it’s a choice based on other considerations too, like your mental health for example or the fact that you want to prevent yourself from getting diseases like diabetes, heart disease, depression etc – then you’ve found a deeper purpose and I believe you’ll find yourself more confident about the ways you choose to eat. That confidence will help you understand that you don’t have to defend your lifestyle, because YOU know the why. Here’s a glimpse of the mindset I try to maintain, even when being questioned which affirms my confidence.
1. Be OK with people thinking you’re “picky”
When someone suggests that you’re “picky” let them know that you’re OK with them thinking that and that you value your wellbeing over other people’s approval. This is your body, they have theirs and everybody is allowed to make their own decisions regarding what they put into it. You don’t comment on their ways of eating, do you? If you do, stop.
2. If you want to give an explanation, give an informative, constructive one
If you feel like explaining, try to do so by constructively informing people about your why and they might understand it from your perspective. For example, “No, I don’t want to eat that cake because I react to sugar in a negative way. I try to only eat things that are naturally sweet, like fruits – otherwise I feel imbalanced”.
3. Have understanding in advance, that this might be new to some people
It can be hard to cook something you’re not familiar with, that’s understandable so be humble. If you’re invited to a dinner you can suggest an alternative for you – or you can just bring something yourself. It’s not about being rude, it’s about caring for yourself and honouring your own decisions – but always communicate positively around it and be helpful.