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This Is A Real Request to Respond!

I don’t have to use your full name but I do want to hear from you. I’ve recently been asked to submit a national article to a well-known site and this is the topic. Not so coincidentally, you may remember, I posted here about getting health-food shamed by peers. It’s a real “thing.” Someone else saw it and wants more.

We all deal with it every day and it’s going to get more sensitive in a few weeks. Holidays and seasonal events will bring out traditionally carbohydrate-rich foods full of sugars that even the ordinarily not tempted among us will be.

Take a moment and reflect on these statements:

“You deserve it! You worked out this morning!”

“You need to live a little!”

“Oh, come on. I made these for you – they used to be your favorite!”

“I know you love these! Just a taste won’t kill you!”

“You’re not going to have any? Spoil sport.”

Friends, co-workers, church group members, card club…. all people who love you, support you, and yet they have an agenda too. Have you been subjected?

Think back to the 20’s when cigarettes were a norm. More recently, alcohol was, though now it’s becoming more acceptable to be there and not partake.

Food, though, is still different. Is it threatening to someone else’s lifestyle? It’s a feeling you must be judging them and their choice if you choose something else?

What are your thoughts?

Do you have two standards? Are you changing the way you eat but still willing to buy lower nutrient dense foods for your family? Do you think you still should? Does it make sense to you that you’ve learned quality of foods best for you now are different but because [they’re younger, more active, growing …fill in your answer] they need less healthy food?

Do you struggle with that incongruency or have the belief it’s true.. that if you need more calories it doesn’t matter whether they’re from junk or healthy options?

Do you believe foods you ate in childhood began contributing to your gut health now?

Love to hear your thoughts and comments!

~Debra


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