Dare to be Different, Creating a New Normal

8 Jul

Over the weekend and today I’ve been asked if I’m on a diet several times. I noticed each time it happened was when I refused dessert.

The first time it happened, I was very uncomfortable. I’m not on a diet, but I am changing my diet… so how do I go about answering this? The first thing that came out of my mouth was “I’m not eating anything I can’t pronounce or have never heard of. Basically I’m eating fruits, vegetables and proteins.”

It sounded pretty good to me. 🙂 I used the same schpeal at a client dinner earlier this evening. Today I wasn’t freaked out by the question, I was left perplexed why it’s such an oddity that I would refuse dessert. Why do I need to have a dessert filled with tons of sugar that’s going to make me feel sluggish and only wanting more?

I’m not saying dessert is bad, or not enjoyable, what I am saying is I would like there to be a time where it’s perfectly normal to not order dessert and get only fresh veggies and lean meats for dinner and not be the only one at the table doing so, or at the very least no one saying that’s so weird and you should just have a dessert. I’d like for that to be the new normal and not just when you’re “on a diet.”

Was there a time when you gave in to peer pressure eating? How did it make you feel to cave in? What would have made the difference for you in sticking to your commitment? Is this a pattern? I’d love to hear from you and even more-so I’d love for you to think about it notice what your habitual patterns in eating are in eating in a group setting.

Ground Rules Status Check
• Schedule my workouts in my calendar and do them as intended — done
• Log my food & liquid intake — done
• Log workouts — done
• Post on this blog — done

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One Response to “Dare to be Different, Creating a New Normal”

  1. Deb Morton July 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Joanna, Thanks for your recent posts – I love the messages about taking care of your health and ordering what is right for you (me, us.) Sometimes I’m great about ordering what’s right for me – other times I eat whats on menu instead of honoring my food choices.
    Funny you mention that people comment on your dessert ordering – I get tweaked when my fellow diners encourage me or others to drink alcohol. Although, I might order a lite beer when I want to drink – it just seems odd that people would nose into others choices since it so clearly doesn’t impact their body. I guess we like company when we’re indulging? Thx PS love the photos, who knew healthy food could look so good 🙂

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