Annie Ups the Ante
I love this! Here is a question. What do you do if you are obese (after a lifetime of trying all the CW diets - and not realizing I was eating crap when I ate things like Lean Cuisine and "health" breakfast cereal), and finally found PB, lost 25 lbs on it so far but still have a long way to go? I can't be like "look at my awesome abs". I am still obese but feel like for once I will fix this. I jsut feel frustrated when I get judgemental stares and comments when I eat things like chicken thighs with the skin on and brussel sprouts cooked in coconut oil. Everyone loves to give me unsolicited advice like how to cook vegetables without coconut oil or how many calories I'll save if I didn't eat the chicken skin ... It is FRUSTRATING. I can't wait to lose the weight for vindication (too bad right now I am in sort of a stall pattern - but I will lose it!).
It's almost dogmatic. People don't want to hear their way-of-eating get shot down, because it causes this weird disorientation, like "oh my god, I'm doing everything wrong... will I ever figure out how to eat properly?"
Annie Ups the Ante
I got a lot of raised eyebrows and outright criticism and warnings from friends and co-workers when I started this WOE.
Now I get a lot of questions from those same people, seeking advice. Losing 100 pounds and counting in a year or so, while still looking and feeling healthy (with the bloodwork to prove it) tends to have that effect.
Most people I now know didn't know me a few years back.
I'm considering carry a photo of 16-y-o me to show anyone who compliments my "good metabolism".
Side-note: there seems to be two types of people regarding metabolism.
Type 1: "Metabolic differences are so small, there's NO WAY you at bmr can burn a WHOLE 500kcal more than the average person!"
Type 2: "Metabolism is the perfect scapegoat for my weight/illness and I won't accept any evidence it can be changed!"
Perfection is entirely individual. Any philosophy or pursuit that encourages individuality has merit in that it frees people. Any that encourages shackles only has merit in that it shows you how wrong and desperate the human mind can get in its pursuit of truth.
I get blunter and more narcissistic by the day.
I'd apologize, but...
OP, that is too funny. When I worked in an office recently, I got the same thing a lot. Coworker is nuking him/herself a Lean Cuisine, watching wide-eyed as I prepare my lunch plate of stuff like steak, avocado, bacon, sweet potato with butter, etc. But I was known as "that fitness girl" around the office because in the "getting to know you" part of my first staff meeting I mentioned teaching yoga, so the comments I got were in the vein of "I wish I had time to work out as much as you, then I could eat like that." I usually responded with, "I eat like this so I'm able to work out as much as I do, not the other way around."
After 4 years of Primal living, I've gotten used to just leaving people alone about their food (unsolicited advice almost never goes over well), but man, it's hard to watch sad, overweight, obviously ill people poking away at their Lean Cuisines. I want to just shake them and scream, "LET ME SHOW YOU THE WAY!"