Before everyone I know named Brenda sends me a rage text, this isn’t about YOU. It is, however, inspired by people I know. To be 100% honest with you, I’ve even been that person myself. My friends are sick of me telling them how many grams of carbs and fat there are in the queso dip. So this comes from a good place. An honest place. A sincere place from someone who has been dieting for a long time.
Here’s the skinny…when you make a decision to change your eating habits to fit your health goals or lifestyle, that is your choice. And this website is 100% in support of YOU DOING YOU. We applaud anyone who is going to take control of their lifestyle and health. But….there is a difference between being a positive example and being a jerk.
Everybody’s on a friggin’ diet. #stopit
You know her, right? The person I’m talking about. You still love her. But…maybe you are her.
How about the chick that just started her Keto lifestyle and cannot eat those hot donuts you brought for the office? She’s going to make sure EVERYONE knows she is scarred for life but really wants that donut. All. Day. Long. We’ll call her Keto Kelli.
Or Gluten Free Glenda that is experiencing intestinal inflammation and just can not eat anything with gluten. (As she inhales the frosting but not the cupcake.)
And then there’s “that girl”, who moans about the poor dying chickens in factory slaughterhouses and doesn’t think you should eat it because there are plenty of plants. Bonus, tofu isn’t made in a factory and is 100% hug-approved. (I do feel bad for the chickens, I really do.)
What about Janet, who knows every single last type of sugar substitute? The ones that cause brain cancer, the ones that are embalming your organs, the ones that are all-natural, and which ones are NOT offered in the break room, the local Mexican restaurant, and why she just eats sugar. But not high-fructose corn syrup.
Oh…let’s talk about Whole-30 Wilma. Or Low-Carb Laura. Atkins Abigail. Vegan Vivian. Paleo Polly and Whole Hog Hannah. I’m sure you know all about what they eat, what they don’t eat, and you’ve had it up to here with it all.
Listen up. We ALL have personal eating habits, health goals, and make our own food choices. Don’t Impose Your Diet On Others. The entire world should not have to cater to your lifestyle choice. Hell, even your own co-workers, friends, and family don’t have to cater to it.
“What do you mean, Three-Day Diet Teri?” That’s me.
How NOT to Impose Your Dieting on Others:
- Always, always, always have something on hand to eat. Don’t expect the snack machine to have a diet-friendly option.
- Have a back up plan when dining out. If you are going out to eat, do your homework and know what you are going to eat instead of making your friends pick out a place that caters to your eating plan.
- Bring your own. Having a family meal? Trust me, sister, NO ONE wants to hear about how you aren’t eating carbs right now, ok? And grandma doesn’t give a flip about how many carbs are in that casserole. So bring a dish to the meal that you know meets your lifestyle.
- Work sucks, we know this. But don’t be part of the reason why it sucks. Company buying you pizza for lunch again? Say thank you and move on. Doesn’t mean you have to eat it. See rule 1 and 3.
- Only give information when asked. If someone wants to know how you are looking so fire these days, then tell them all about your diet plan. Other wise, shut it.
- If someone offers you a cupcake, just take the damn thing. You don’t have to eat it. Save it for later, give it to your kids, or discretly toss it when no one is looking.
- Don’t lecture others on their diet. Everyone has to make their own choices. Don’t judge others for what they eat. Because lemme tell ya, they don’t want to hear it from you.
- Be considerate of others, especially while traveling. See rule #1 and #3. Remember, your travel partners are probably not on the same meal plan as you.
- Diet talk is boring AF. Seriously. No one cares really. Unless you are specifically in a group of like-minded people, it is like watching paint dry on the weather channel.
- A lot of people struggle with body image and eating disorders. Sure, that’s their problem, but don’t impose your personal journey on anyone else that hasn’t asked for help.
- Don’t assume because someone is overweight that they want to lose weight. Many people are perfectly happy — and healthy — being “fat”.
If I tried to haul ass, I would have to make two trips.-Dolly Parton