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9/14/13 10:54 A

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I can totally relate to that look!!
People think I have lost my mind!!
It was funny the other day, everyone had Pizza Hut & I told them I didn't eat Pizza Hut.
One young man, new to my department, is very curious about the way I eat & is always very respectful said after they had finished, "I understand what you mean, I feel like I have a rock in my stomach." I told him that's how I would feel too. He has asked alot about my diet & I have shared a few things with him. It's nice when someone genuinely wants to learn.

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9/12/13 5:42 P

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This weekend my supervisor was buying tacos for everyone. When I turned them down & told her I was a vegan she said, "oh my gosh what do you eat then?" I just looked at her, smiled & said "whatever I want to eat, I just don't want to eat animals or their byproducts."

She looked at me like I was growing horns & had a third eye.

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9/11/13 4:50 P

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9/11/13 1:09 P

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I have one co-worker who would come into the kitchen area and look at my food and say "healthy, huh? Yuck!" Well.....paybacks are he**. He got diagnosed with Diabetes 2 last month and is now having to switch to healthier foods. He even borrowed one of my Joel Dr. Fuhrman books "An End to Diabetes". He is slowly turning around to a more vegetable/fruit/nutrient diet. He isn't always happy but he told me that he feels better. emoticon

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8/23/13 11:35 A

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Thanks guys you gave me a great chuckle reading your comments! I am lucky, I am retired so I don't have any co-workers to deal with and can eat my lunches in piece at home but I will tell you a funny story that happened yesterday.

I went and had lunch with my hubby he wanted to go to Cafe Express yes I could get a huge salad there and pay $10.00 for it BUT why since I have so much of it at home I don't want going bad. So I put my salad in my tupperware and my fruit in another tupperware and yes I had lunch with my hubby at Cafe Express BUT boy was I getting looks from alot of people there. The funny thing no big deal or looks from the employees it was everyone else in the restaurant I was getting looks from. I didn't care I was enjoying my lunch with my hubby he had what he enjoyed and I had what I enjoyed. I am lucky I am one of those people I could care less what people think I am doing what is right for me and feeling so much better for it.

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8/22/13 10:38 A

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I find that when they ask questions there is an opportunity to educate those eating a standard American diet (SAD).

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8/21/13 7:09 A

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Hahahaha.... Those are some great comebacks!!!
Glad to know everyone has heard the same stuff I have heard!
People are really blind to what they are doing to themselves.
I do have a couple of people who have asked me things & have adopted more healthy choices as part of their diet emoticon
Then again, some one goes out and buys fast food for everyone & the entire office STINKS like grease!! UGH!!!!!!!!

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8/20/13 9:07 P

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I like the come backs

I have been a vegetarian over 20 years (this is before I was even eating as healthy as I am now)...I have heard it all...what no meat how can you live without it, why can't you just pick around the meat, just take the meat out of the sandwich, mmm meat smell so good, fish is not meat... good grief

The funny thing is that those same people would eat start eating all the cheese pizza and leaving the meat pizza...or getting meat tacos but eating all the bean burritos

Funny one day I past by a co worker (I was working at a day care) and saw she was eating a choplet (veggie type burger that I grew up eating) and I said wow that looks good and she laughed, cause we knew only I would know and want what she was eating.

oh boy no meat big salad, they would really be shocked by what I eat now...lol

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8/20/13 3:35 P

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Yes -- I LOL'd at that one!!! hehehe

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8/20/13 3:06 P

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LOL! I love the idea of printing a card which says "Still no meat" but I'd whip it out when he walked into the room to save him from even asking. Very clever responses, and yes, you are right, most people don't know how to eat healthy so being patient and understanding that is a good idea.

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8/20/13 2:45 P

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Okay you guys. Most of those people you work with have no idea how to put together a healthy lunch by anyone's standards.

I say, don't hide! Become a prophet in a sea of unhealthy iniquity!!

Is there any meat in that?
Yes, greasy grimy gopher guts
No, they don't pay me enough to buy meat.
Yes, I butchered a cow last night.
No, but there will be the 2nd Tuesday of next week, or else the third Friday.

Oh, are you writing a book? Leave that chapter out!!

For the guy who can't make conversation other than to repeatedly ask the same boring question, you could say,

Somebody give him a nudge. The needle is stuck.
Or: print a card that says, No, still no meat, and whip it out as he's asking the question each day.

I was one of the ones who was always interested in healthy lunch ideas. I had no clue. Neither did anyone else. Except for Patti. She was a wealth of ideas for healthy lunches. And I quietly surveyed what she put together, and found a different time to talk to her about it if I had questions..

Try to keep your sense of humor. Any rude comments are coming from people who are rude in the first place, about most everything, probably. Your healthy lunch is NOT rude, except to keep it in their face that they should probably be taking the same steps to improve their health that you are.

And finally, I WOULD take it as an opportunity to teach. I'd have a 20 minute dissertation ready about the nutrients, benefits, AND handouts to give to anyone with a comment. You could include a couple of pertinent paragraphs from Eat to Live.
If that doesn't make them change the topic of lunch conversation, you might need to go in with a long list of more interesting topics for them to pick from.

The price of tea in China
Will the Pacific Ocean ever dry up?
How long will it take for the human race to become extinct if everyone continues to eat the SAD diet?
How many elementary school children will become diabetic this year?
How many people worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer next year?



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8/20/13 1:46 P

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Sometimes I would love to just give people an earful but I never do.
I will offer nutritional advice if asked.
The thing is I usually have a salad, veggie wrap or soup. What's the freakin' mystery!!
Today I had some home made Humus & veggies & got an "eewww" from someone.
I told him it's just "dip" & he was okay with that.
He replied, "hummus just sounds gross".
I wanted to tell him to grow the h*** up!!
But, I just smiled.

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LOL, I do get sort of evangelic about green smoothies, so I do understand your spouse in that respect. In fact, every person who has ever tried one of my smoothie recipes (and they're not mine, they are Dr. Fuhrman's or any that I've picked up from SP, or other cookbooks and internet sites) loves them and has started drinking them. One friend started replacing her breakfast with a green smoothie, but changed nothing else, and at the end of one month, had lost 7 lbs.

What I really hate though is the eww comments. I won't push my way of thinking on you (even with green smoothies, I can go crazy discussing the bennies, but will only do so if someone is interested.) One person I had to see monthly at club meetings constantly "eww'd" my food, she dissed the look, the smell (really?) and ingredients (seriously?.) I got so fed up that I gave her a little of her own medicine back. Not very mature I know, but after 7 months of it, I was sick of it. So when she showed up at the meeting with Chicken Nuggets from the Golden Arches place, I pulled up the video on the manufacture of that product (talk about EWWWW) on my iPad and played it loudly asking her how she could eat something so disgusting. She has never said anything to me again about my diet.

Having said that, most people are either interested or don't care. Fortunately, the club member above is the exception rather than the rule.

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I'm with you! I hide my smoothies, eat at my desk, all to avoid the questions. Most of my co-workers understand enough to get excited for me (Look, Piemancer! They have lettuce and beans!), but i have zero patience for the "Any meat in that? What's that? Ew." questions.

My spouse is the evangelizer in our relationship. "Green smoothies are great! Wanna try it?" :)

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8/20/13 12:50 P

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How do your co-workers react to your lunch?
Mine seem to see it as a source of great intrigue!
Even though they have never seen me eat anything but vegetarian or vegan for 7 years,
it is still a source of great contorversy!!
I either get, "eeww, what's that?" or, "that looks good, what is it?"
One guy asks EVERYDAY, "You have any meat in that?"
I just explain that it's the way I eat & I don't try to educate anyone, unless they ask.
This extends to my family as well.
I will never understand this attitude!
I don't care what they eat, why do they care so much about what I eat?
Anyone else have this delimma?
Jeannie

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