Do you sound like Ruby from this episode of Blackish? Are you constantly questioning people’s choice in food? When I saw this plus a couple of comments on good ol’ Facebook, I knew I wanted to write about these “health haters”.
Let’s be real. Part of being fit has nothing to do with what goes on externally as far as your physical appearance. It also deals with what goes into your body. I try to avoid things like processed food, ridiculous amounts of sugars (but hell, I love margaritas and brownies…balance right?) but it seems that when we start to make lifestyle changes when it comes to food, everyone’s got an opinion about what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve chosen to follow a flexible dieting plan called if it fits your macros (#iifym for short) and I love it! What I don’t love is when people try to tell me what I should and should not be eating. I have educated myself over the past four years on how certain foods affect your body and I know what works for ME. Remember my last blog post when I shared that being fit is all about what you believe works for you, not what everyone else things.
“Oh that’s loaded with sugar alcohols, you shouldn’t have that.”
“That’s loaded with sodium, you shouldn’t drink that.”
“You really shouldn’t have that second glass of wine if you’re trying to lose weight”
“Ew, cauliflower mashed potatoes. No thanks, I don’t think I’ll try that.”
Whose business is it what you eat and drink? Who says that isn’t a cheat meal or in your macronutrient count for the day? Now I’m not saying you should call yourself “fit” from the inside when you eat McDonald’s fried chicken sandwiches every day multiple times of day. I love things like Halo Top and other delicious items that do have sugar alcohols in them as well. And I surprisingly have a pretty good grasp on controlling my sugar cravings when I supplement things like that in my diet. I used a great IIFYM calculater (I’ll post how and why I count my macros in another post…can’t spoil all the fun now!) and I account for everything I eat on MyFitnessPal, good and bad. It’s called flexible dieting…look it up.
And why are people always hating on people who are trying to swap unhealthy foods for a healthier alternative? One big one I saw recently was someone hating on cauliflower mashed potatoes and saying they would never try it. How do you know you won’t like it? It’s not like asking you to eat raw fish (which is delicious, thank you!), it’s asking you to make a healthier choice to have a meal that feels satisfying. For someone who loves mashed potatoes, it may be hard to give them up for the sake of losing weight, but having something that satisfies that craving and gives you the consistency and flavor you’re looking for, why not give it a try? I notice a lot of this talk happening in the black community (I am about to get a little controversial, sorry). I love my fellow black people, but our rate of diabetes, heart disease, and other weight related issues is always on the rise. Many of us struggle to make the steps necessary to lose the weight and get healthy, so when you see someone trying, don’t bash their decisions to make a healthy choice, try to uplift and encourage them. Maybe it’s hard for them to get vegetables in their diet because they just really hate the way they taste and they found that cauliflower mash is an easy way to get that food group in their diet.
It’s hard enough to take the first step, so here are some ways you can support others that are on a journey to be more healthy, and ultimately, more fit. Be open minded, you never know what may change your life and outlook on health and fitdom…
- Don’t knock it til you try it! You never know if you like something until you try. Try googling what I mentioned earlier—cauliflower mashed potatoes (Check out a recipe for cauliflower mash here and a few more delicious ones!). If you google cauliflower mash or look it up on Pinterest like I did, you’ll even get hundreds of positive reviews about them on various sites. I challenge you to give it a whirl!
- Ask the person what they like about it—people often like to share their journey when asked about it, especially if they really like what they made. I promise you they will want to talk about their experience and you showing your support by asking is a great way to help make them feel assured and more confident about their choice
- If you’re the one getting hated on, remember you’re doing this for YOU. I’m sure by now you’ve checked out my first post and saw that I’m all about redefining what it means to be fit. You chose to eat the way you do now because YOU want to see change for YOURSELF (right?). Don’t let the haters get you down because they’ll always be there. But for every one of them, there’s ten more people that love and support you (like me!).
- Do some research and take baby steps—I love all the recipes on skinnytaste.com. She has fantastic recipes and substitutes for many of our favorite comfort foods and you won’t even feel bad about it. I have made probably over 50 recipes from her page (many of which I’ve added my own twist and will review here) and I have been happy with EVERY ONE OF THEM! Don’t take my word for it—ask my friends who’ve come over for some of our parties. Check out my first recipe I created here.
- Do something daring. I did this back in 2008 when I decided that I was only going to eat seafood and give up all meat. At the time I BARELY ate fish and had to force myself to get creative because I knew I couldn’t live off of shellfish (well I could but my cholesterol would probably be off the chain and I would probably be broke) and salmon. I lasted for 6 years and I started eating turkey and chicken again about 3 years ago. I still stay away from red meat just because 🙂
- Last but not least, be patient! It takes a while for your taste buds to change! I remember thinking about how gross some vegetables were but now I love them. Give things a try more than once and slowly ween things into your diet. Going drastic may shock your body too much and cause you to develop some hatred towards certain foods.
Healthy food doesn’t only have to be boring! It only has to be if you choose not to experiment and try things. Still afraid? I’ll make them for you and review them right here! If you click the subscribe button below you can stay up to date with all the unconventional healthy meals I make for myself, my fiancé, my friends and family!
Have you been hated on by friends of family for making healthy changes? Have you been a hater yourself? Share what your hesitations or qualms about healthy eating have been so we can better understand one another!