I work at a place where people tend to gain weight after they start working here. I think the weight gain is as much from negative energy here as it is from all the food sitting around. To make matters worse, the secretary in our department LOVES to eat and loves others to eat. She has a pail that she regularly fills with crappy food. I can see it from my office and it is so interesting to watch the behavior of people. I put her up to putting celery and carrots in the pail one time. My theory was that they would avoid it, but I was wrong. Many people still helped themselves every time they walked by. Some absolutely cannot pass the pail without digging in. I've never been tempted; it really kind of grosses me out to see all those hands in that pail!
As for my primal efforts, I'm already pretty much known as the office health nut or resident wacko, so people are used to me avoiding certain food. Most of the time it's not a huge problem. As for the pizza lunches, I would probably just take my own food. When pressed, I just tell them I'm avoiding wheat for health reasons, which is still a pain, and I have been questioned. At the showers and parties, I just try to find the fruit/veg and whatever kind of meat I can. If it's a party where you bring something, I try to bring something I can get full on.
I've found that most people are pretty good about you being on a different diet, but some people just won't let it go or take the hint after you've refused the 10th bear claw!! When that happens, I know it's more about them than it is about me, but it's still annoying and just plain tiresome. I'm doing great right now on primal and am steeling myself for when people start telling me I'm too skinny. I'm 5'7" and small-boned and people think I'm underweight at 135 or 140 (mostly because of them being overweight). I plan to write out a food journal and detail all the fat and stuff that I'm eating and show it to them. It will be so much fun!!
True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
The worst carrot is better than the best candybar.--TornadoGirl