Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I've been at my place of work for almost 7 years now and during this time there has been parties, potlucks, celebrations and "snack" day. Somehow someone would always seem offended when I would politely decline and more times than not I just gave in to avoid confrontation.
Recently I took a stand when I started my new health plan. I made everyone aware that there are foods that I just can not eat. Not just because they make me fat but because they make me sick. Since I've made my stand we've had a few celebrations. One was our anniversary and I fled because I kept being offered cake and champagne. The other was a celebration for someone who has been with the office for 20 years. I was forced to go to that one and stand by while people kept telling me I should eat and for me to repetitively tell them I can't eat soy, wheat or corn. It may look good and it may smell good...but I can not eat it. (sigh)
Yesterday I was told that they were providing lunch to a celebrate Admin Day. I politely asked the organizer what the lunch will be and he responded Subway. Which is healthy but not within my plan. Before I could say anything he told me he came up to find out if there was something he could order me from there since I could not eat bread. I was shocked! I mentioned that I can eat a chicken salad and he said he would take care of it! Wow...this has never happened before!
Today, I was able to enjoy the luncheon with everyone else with a nice Subway salad (gluten, corn, soy free!). Yes there was chips and cookies but this time no one pushed and insisted I have any. I laughed and talked with my co-workers and was overjoyed at the freedom of being allowed to be me.
I am sure there will be some pitfalls and mishaps until everyone I work with realizes this isn't a "diet" but a health choice. Still, it is a victory and a great beginning!
Acceptance. It is a simple thing but the greatest gift that can be given to a person.
Have a glorious day today!