Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I need to rant a moment…
I just attended the “healthy meal planning” webinar at work. I was originally super excited about this opportunity at work, but I found myself RAGING at my muted line into the webinar – this lady was SO out of touch!
This woman asked for feedback, right off the bat, “What is a typical breakfast for you?” Someone replied “Honey bunches of oats with greek yogurt” to which this woman goes “What is honey bunches of oats? Is that a cereal? I have never heard of it, I don’t eat processed foods” – now my jaw hit the desk.
How isolating and rude was that statement?! All through the webinar she acted like that “I never eat out, I don’t eat any processed foods, I always get vegetables right out of my garden, I don’t have any allergies.”
Listen lady, someone must not have told you who you are talking to here. Older people, work in an office, don’t make tons of money, many commute from another state to work here – so no, they are not spending an hour in the kitchen for each meal, no they are not tending and harvesting from their gardens, they are looking for small switches they can make today to eat healthier. They aren’t looking for judgment and they aren’t looking for your bragging about how awesome you are. They need information about how to handle the work cafeteria, the grocery store, the days where they are stressed and hurried and need to make choices on the fly.
I live in an apartment – I don’t have an extensive garden, but I could buy flash frozen veggies from the store to incorporate into more meals. I have to mind my soy products, so no I don’t feel bad for eating animal products like grilled chicken. Instead she’s like “Get your veggies out of your garden and oh, I NEVER eat animal products if I can help it! Cancer!” It was so unrealistic and isolating!
I filled out the post-webinar survey and I was like – you may be talking to people who have been living their current lifestyle for many years. They are scared or don’t know how to change. Being judgmental or talking sweeping differences is NOT going to help them, in fact, it may make them feel even more overwhelmed and down about themselves. I told her to mind her tone and start simple. I mean – girlfriend didn’t even MENTION one of the easiest first steps to make – swapping water for soda. I put that in the survey “Maybe you should have started off with something like that, which you didn’t even mention, which can be a life changer” – am I right?!
Plus she talked in this sing-song drawn out voice that was like nails on a chalkboard to me. “ooookayyyy everyyybodyyyy, noooo we don’t eat processed fooooodsss!!!!!!!” I’m not three, I’m not an idiot, spit it out!!!!!!!
Whew, okay, I feel better. Mentally at least. Still trying to get over this cold!