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Small, Sort of Positive Rant

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!
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    I feel irritated just from reading your account. That definitely would have been hard to sit there and listen to. Good for you for saying something!
    1868 days ago
    Wow - what an airhead! Next time YOU should give the workshop on incorporating healthier habits into one's eating!
    1868 days ago
    Hope you didn't have to pay for something so lacking in substance. Makes you wonder who thought vetted the webinar, and why it was promoted at your work. Perhaps she's someones friend, daughter, SIL etc....
    Fortunately You are already loaded with some common sense and an ability to think for yourself, of sensible ways to start eating healthy. You also have SP.
    Hopefully the survey you filled out is seen by others then the person presenting the information.

    1869 days ago
    What a discouraging "motivator" she sounds like! Good thing you at least know better ... hey, find out what she makes to do that, maybe there's an income in it for realistic people to get a piece of that seminar action, lol! Sounds like there's a minimal learning curve, at any rate. *grin*
    1869 days ago
    Totally agree with KISAKATT. And I'm glad you got to leave feedback. A health page I follow on FB was posting yesterday about an article they read about how quinoa is the devils food and only birds can eat it and she was saying doesn't all this info confuse you. Like everyday someone writes a new article about how this food is now going to kill you even though two days ago it was the greatest thing ever. Makes it hard to keep up and why should we all have to keep up, eating better and doing other healthy steps will get us all to the same end result. And she most certainly should have mentioned the "get rid of soda" step right off the bat.

    My goal is to eat healthier everyday and try to make better choices day by day, not radically change everything TODAY! this lady sounds coo-coo for cocoa puffs! even though she doesn't know what those are.

    Oh and on a side note if you live in an apt you can have a gutter garden. Google it! It's great. I have a house with a yard, but it's a very weird layout, so I was thinking about putting the gutter gardens around the house. They are cool!
    1869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/10/2013 5:35:57 PM
    Amen!!! I hate people who take on a "holier than thou" attitude about these things. Hopefully she will actually read your comments and take them to heart.
    1869 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    that sounds super intimidating to people who are new to focusing on being healthy, and also super annoying to everyone else. at least you realize that she was being crazy!
    1869 days ago
    Look at you and your knowledge!! That's got to make you feel good, right? Maybe you could bring up some of your points to coworkers in the break room as conversation starters? After your blood is done cooling from the rage of course!
    1869 days ago
  • MARTY728
    First I hope you feel better. Secondly, your company wellness org. (usually in HR) either higher her or she is a company employee, so simply except the fact that she is an IDIOT! Other than the time you lost listening to her garbage, there was no harm.

    So you need to view the movie "Meatballs" scene in which Bill Murray is a camp counselor trying to convince his summer camp of misfits that they can win the summer camp lake Olympics against a rival camp full of preppy campers. Bill Murray character has a pre-competition camp rally where he convinces all to go out and compete and whether they win or lose, “Just doesn’t matter”. He leads them in the chant, “It just doesn’t matter!”

    One of my favorite movie scenes is in the movie “Meatballs”. See the scene here

    Viewing this Meatballs movie scene is 3 minutes well spent!

    1869 days ago
    Blah. She sounds like an orthorexic snob. I think one reason a lot of people don't make healthy changes is because they think that small changes won't do anything. They think they have to become a raw food vegan triathlete overnight or it's just not worth even trying. But that's not true! I am living proof that small changes over time can make a huge difference. And yes, I eat processed food!
    1869 days ago
  • KELLY19770
    I agree with you. That would be really overwhelming and turnoff to start eating healthier if that was the only choices I was faced with. It's not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing.
    1869 days ago
    sounds like it was not worth your time. i truly don't understand people like that... they aggrevate me to know end. Sorry you had such a bad experience. emoticon
    1869 days ago
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