My friend who "eats weird"

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!
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    Yeah...we are flexitarians too!
    1806 days ago
    That doesn't sound weird at all to me.
    1806 days ago
    Great blog, and she is blessed with a friend who wants to understand and one who will be supportive.

    I have been been eating as a Flexitarian for awhile, and didn't realize what it was until a couple of months ago when I started researching vegetarian recipes in order to try to figure out more meatless meal ideas, snacks, etc. To eat more like a vegetarian, but not completely. I am really enjoying this way of eating and haven't really had to explain it. I mostly get comments at lunch at work. I bring my own food most days, which has been healthy for a long time, but it's mostly my raw veggie snacks that get strange looks, but......neither side of the family is supportive in anyway, no matter what. If it isn't their belief, they have plenty of comments! I just tune them out. If I ate like them, I'd still be 50+ lbs heavier.

    I don't miss meat very much, I have a small quantity on occasion, but rather enjoy the flavors, texture, etc of eating whole, clean, real, unprocessed food. Mostly from the earth.

    You are exactly right, no one should have to feel apologetic about their eating and healthy living habits. Thank you for your blog!

    1806 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    Sounds like you are a good friend and you get some new healthy recipes into the bargain. Good for you.
    1806 days ago
    Flexible eating is preferable, I think. Hubby and I are trying to have as little grain as possible and that seems to be weird to some. But our ND assures us it will be healthier for us. SO, whole wheat is out! DH is wheat sensitive anyway. If we are comfortable and healthy where we are, why not just enjoy the journey?

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    1806 days ago
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