Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Okay, so I try to keep this blog pretty positive and factual, but I have a little rant to let loose.
Why is it that other people always assume to know more about your eating choices than you do? From family to friends to co-workers, etc. I feel like I am constantly justifying my choices.
For example, I try not to eat refined carbs, or sugar in any form, artificial sweeteners, excess salt, excess grains, and excess fruit. This is because PCOS makes me extremely sensitive to carbohydrates. Yes, as part of a healthy diet, MOST people can eat fruit at each meal every day. I cannot. Every bite of fruit for me needs to be balanced by protein. I do eat berries, stone fruits and apples in moderation as they tend to be lower on the Glycemic Index.
Anyhow, whenever there is a get-together involving food (and they all do, don't they??) and I don't partake in the cream cheese stuffed strawberries or chocolate cake, I get a lot of push-back. Oh, you can have a little . . . No. No I CANNOT have a little chocolate cake. An alcoholic cannot have a little beer, either. I know my body and carbs, espescially processed carbs make me go haywire. I crash, I can't think, and I wind up hungry all day long. And the cycle repeats.
That and it isn't an easy conversation to have with people. Oh, you see my ovaries are covered in cysts . . . not exactly party conversation.
It isn't just acquaintences, either. Even Jacque has a hard time understanding why I don't eat bananas or why I can't drink fruit juice. I feel like at every turn I am fending people off or having uncomfortable conversations about why and what I eat.
I know that I have done the research, and I am making the best of choices for myself. I also know that it says way more about the "pushers" and "advice" givers than it does about me. I know that it is a struggle daily to make the choices I do.
That being said - it is downright annoying sometimes.
Thanks for indulging me. Sometimes I need to blow off some steam, and I know you Sparkers just "get" it. Ya know??