Before I get to anything, I just want to thank you for all of your supportive comments in response to my post about rejecting a diet. It’s times like those when I remember just why I so love being a part of this community.
Alright, down to business. I’ve got a potentially controversial topic coming at you on this lovely Saturday morning. A little food for thought, if you will.
Har har har.
Do you think it’s appropriate to comment on other peoples’ food – specifically, how healthy it is?
Sometimes, when I’m eating something healthy – say, a salad for lunch, or a snack of carrots and almond butter, or an apple with cheese – someone will walk by and say something to the extent of, “Oh, how healthy!” Now, I know people don’t mean anything by these comments, but I’ll be honest – they really bug me sometimes. Hearing people comment on my food takes me back to my high school years when I constantly felt judged for my weight and, thus, everything that went into my mouth.
That makes sense, right?
Yesterday was an especially notable day on this matter. My office had a celebratory office lunch provided for us, consisting of In-N-Out burgers, fries and my favorite ice cream truck, Coolhaus.
People were psyched.
We were told about this lunch, of course, in advance. Naturally, almost nobody brought their lunches to work.
I mean, who turns down free food, right? Especially from southern California’s beloved In-N-Out Burger! Who would bring their own lunch?
Well, I did.
It wasn’t for any reason but that I don’t eat fast food, and that is for a reason. It doesn’t make me feel good. And not only that, but I honestly don’t really think it tastes that good.
Honest to blog (took that one from Juno), I preferred my salad.
Into the mix went:
- bed of romaine
- grilled chicken
- baby heirloom tomatoes
- grated carrots
- pomegranate seeds
- Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette
Anyway, I didn’t completely skimp on the free lunch. I got an ice cream!
I actually got to help in picking these flavors out, so I was pretty excited about them.
You’re supposed to get the ice cream sandwiched between two cookies, but I figured the ice cream was enough of a treat for me. I am watching what I eat.
I got a cup with half Nutella Toasted Almond and half Salted Caramel.
So. Incredibly. Amazing.
Anyway, I didn’t end up eating outside. I actually ate upstairs at my desk, since I felt kind of weird eating my salad outside. I got nervous that eating my salad was going to inspire comments, and I didn’t want to get all defensive.
I was right. As I was eating my salad (at my desk), at least four people walked by and made comments about about it, and, naturally, I jumped to bad conclusions about their intentions. Why did people care? How does what I eat affect other people? I automatically assumed that it was as though people were disappointed in me, or thought I was depriving myself, or thought I was being judgmental about what they were eating… which, of course, I was not.
Anyway, that’s kind of all I have to say on the matter, but I’d really like to open this up for a little dialogue. What do you think about this? Am I entirely overreacting, or is it inappropriate to make comments about others’ food?
And, furthermore, has this ever happened to you? How has it made you feel?