Thursday, July 11, 2013
My good friend "Amanda", who will remain anonymous for her own privacy, finally spilled the beans yesterday on what it means to "Eat Weird"! I have known "Amanda" for 2 years now. Our families go to church together, our kids go to school together, and we live only a mile apart. She is a fun friend who is always flexible to try anything, and she is clear and tactful about what her boundaries and schedule are, which makes it very easy to setup dinner dates and playdates for the families and the kids. She also inspires me because of her self-discipline with her fitness regimen. She never beats herself up for a missed workout. She works extra hard the next time. The one thing that drives me crazy about her has been this: Every time we get together and a meal is involved, she declares, "Please don't get offended. I eat weird." I am NOT offended. But I don't know what to cook for her! What does it mean to "eat weird"? Well, finally, I got it out of her! She's a FLEXI-TARIAN! For those who may not be familiar with the term, a FLEXITARIAN is someone who is SEMI-VEGETARIAN. Their personal philosophy does not require diet exclusions, but the person prefers to live within vegetarian limits most of the time. Finally, everything made sense about Amanda's eating style. In fact, I am able to support her in this because the rest of her family is decidedly MAINSTREAM with their personal habits. Amanda does not believe in forcing her philosophy on others. As a result, she is not getting the support she needs at home for her personal outlook. I am VERY glad she feels comfortable enough with me to stop apologizing for her ways. She is NOT WEIRD! She is PERFECTLY FLEXIBLE! I can't wait to have Amanda's family over for dinner the next time. We usually plan outdoor activity for everyone. Then we grill. Already we are trading recipes and tips on a flexitarian lifestyle. I am glad I can support her in this way. I hope to inspire everyone today to be unapologetic for your commitment to fitness and health! You might be surprised how much support you get! Woo-hoo!