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  • #16
    Depends what industry you're in.

    If you're dealing with serious people, keep the tact-game up.

    If you're anything else, what are you worried about? You're most likely working with swine.

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    • #17
      I personally don't eat lunchat work, I just IF.

      But if they are asking you, just say that you eat 'real food'?
      Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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      5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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      TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
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      • #18
        Most of the people in my office eat at their desks, so I don't have the problem. Of those who eat at the same time I do, only one eats in our little lunch room. I stay at my desk so I can read MDA and shop online and stuff. Besides I don't like most of the people I work with anyway.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
          Depends on what's ok to say at your workplace.

          If it were my coworkers, the response would be "I don't give you s**t for what you eat, so go f**k yourself." It would be, naturally, partly in jest, but it would get the point across.
          Couldn't have said it better myself. Fortunately, I only have one co-worker who is cool with what I eat, and his wife is somewhat paleo/primal. She packs his lunches:-) And FWIW, I rarely eat lunch...
          Free your mind, and your Grok will follow!

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          • #20
            No one has to make excuses for themself if they are not doing anything wrong. You're an individual - just ignore them or eat at your desk.
            Odille
            F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
            following Primal Lifestyle and swimming my way to health

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            • #21
              I don't know how anyone thinks it's okay to comment on another person's lunch beyond "that looks good!" or similar. Any sort of judgmental comment on a co-worker's food is completely unprofessional and inappropriate.
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Owly View Post
                I don't know how anyone thinks it's okay to comment on another person's lunch beyond "that looks good!" or similar. Any sort of judgmental comment on a co-worker's food is completely unprofessional and inappropriate.
                So well said.
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                • #23
                  I was eating cheese curds the other day (a major weakness for me!) and a coworker said, "BUT THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE!" Yeah, ok, $10 for 4 days' worth of a filling snack....I don't understand how that's more expensive than some cafeteria mystery meat sandwich.

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                  • #24
                    Yea, I do the same thing. I say it is the wheat that is a problem and they don't notice that I am not eating any grains or beans.

                    Originally posted by AmyMac703 View Post
                    Still a bullshit reason to fire someone. I just tell people I'm allergic to wheat; that's good enough for most. Then they don't raise questions when I drink beer (an occasional vice, since it does have gluten but not wheat unless it's a wheat beer).

                    There was one rather amusing instance when an overweight vegan was giving me crap for having a huge jar of protein powder (because its cheaper if you buy it in bulk quantities, ffs) -- I chuckled a bit, then flexed my arms. It got the point across.
                    An optimist is someone who falls off the Empire State Building, and after 50 floors says, 'So far so good!'
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                    • #25
                      I get comments too, "positive" ones. What's that great smell? must be Jim and his health food. yea, he doesn't eat wheat so he makes extravagant meals. and so on.

                      Not a big deal if it did not happen every day. My boss is the worst.
                      An optimist is someone who falls off the Empire State Building, and after 50 floors says, 'So far so good!'
                      -Somebody funny

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                      • #26
                        I would stop eating with them, if they can't understand how rude they sound. When I'm with friends and they comment excesively on what I eat I just stay silent until they get that their annoying me. For me, giving that uncomfortable silence treatment works, because I don't get uncomfortable, they do. I'm just calmly eating my meal.

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                        • #27
                          Ha, ha, this problem is annoying. I posted a similar thread over on Robb's forum here:

                          Robb Wolf | Performance, Health & Longevity Forum &bull; View topic - Have You Been Criticised for your Paleo Lifestyle?

                          The simple way out of conflict, I've found is to say I'm eating low carbs, that more or less works - though you then get the 'but you need carbs' comments. There are some positive responses though, but I would say most of them are critical in a nitpicking sort of way. Don't worry about it if possible anyway as you are doing the right thing which is what matters most.

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                          • #28
                            Honestly, I wouldn't go into it at all. I just say "I like eating_____" and leave it at that. No theory or philosophy.

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                            • #29
                              The revival of this thread is right on time. I have a co-worker, slightly junior to me, who comments on my lunch or breakfast almost every day. And not just my lunch, but also my coffee and tea. It's weird, and a little uncomfortable, and I'm not sure what to say to her.

                              Our office environment is casual/friendly, and she's just teasing - nothing hostile or meanly intended. But it's incessant. She thinks it's weird to have a sliced avocado with lime for lunch, she thinks my primal chili smells weird, she thinks cold berries are an unpleasant breakfast. I use a little french press at work for my coffee so I can get high quality/not moldy coffee instead of FLAVIA out of the communal makers we have, and she always comments on my "fancy coffee". And full-leaf tea with a strainer is also "fancy" and deserving of comment.

                              I like her, and I think it's honestly just her way of "bonding" with me. We get along great, but don't have much in common, so this is how she's decided we'll relate. But it's kind of annoying, even if well-intentioned.

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                              • #30
                                I tend to bring the strangest things to lunch purposefully to invoke comments! Guess I'm just contrary that way.

                                "What is that smell! Oh, sarasue's eating sardines straight out of the can again..."

                                To be fair, I don't leave the sardine can in a trashcan inside but when I bring strange stuff to lunch at least I control the comments - somehow that makes them less annoying.

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