Why must you judged me? I don’t judge you… I am a little confused why you feel the need to make faces at me, the comments behind my back, or even to my face? I choose to live my lifestyle, just like you choose to live yours. Don’t you know that your snide comments and dirty looks can hurt even a tough professional? Because, deep down, I am just like every other human… I am vulnerable too!
Insert disclaimer here: Do me a favor and hang with me for this post… I just need to get this off my chest.
I carry my water in glass jars. Okay, I carry lots of water in my glass jars. I tend to take about 100 ounces with me to work everyday. Believe me, people have noticed my glass jars that go everywhere with me. They may be kind of hard to hide–because, let’s be real, a 34 ounce jar is enormous and not easily hidden in a meeting room. Sometimes they are even filled with a green smoothie, then they are really hard to miss. I have been told that my green smoothies are great for keeping my team from munching at work. I guess not everyone thinks it’s normal to drink a green or sometimes deep purple drink. I am so glad to help my team stay away from sugar filled snacks while I enjoy a super nutrition-packed smoothie.
The looks and comments that were made when I brought in a real knife to cut my apples… I remember them every time you ask to borrow it to cut your apples. Amazing how handy that real knife really is, huh? (I hope I am not coming off too sassy.)
I find it very ironic how you tend to pick apart my life and my efforts to live healthy; while I don’t say a word to you about your choices. Do you need to make the comments about my food because I don’t go running to the vending machines for a snack? Instead, daily I bring my fruit, veggies, and my beloved peanut butter hummus. (If you are looking for the recipe… Click: HERE!)
Don’t get me wrong, there are days that I desperately want to break down and buy one of everything in the machine, but I don’t! It’s my choice. It’s my life… my beliefs, and I want to live a healthy life. Don’t you realize that my healthy lifestyle has helped me fight Lyme’s Disease quickly this summer? I have only missed a few days of work, like 4 full days and a couple of halves since being diagnosed. Most would have ended up on short term disability… Instead, I am almost all the way back! Considering it affected my liver and heart functionality, I am feeling pretty blessed! Seeing the fast results from the Lyme’s recovery only makes me want to continue my healthy lifestyle and improve it even more.
Why do you make faces when I use my toaster oven instead of the microwave? Thanks to my brother, J, who gave me the oven for my birthday this summer.
(I must be a super nerd if I get excited over a toaster oven!) Now I can get a warm meal at work without using my little crockpot, or heating it on my running engine. Just kidding about the engine. I do warm my food in a toaster oven because when you use a microwave it changes your food on a molecular level. I don’t look at you cross-eyed when you use the microwave so do you really need to make the comments about how I warm my food?
Recently, I changed how I carry everything into work. Because of the weight of the jars and the amount of food I take with me, I bought a small hiking backpack. One with a waistband, to take the weight off my shoulders…so that my back can get some relief. I will show it to you later this week. I am super excited about it, and It’s a super cool blue color! It also makes my eyes pop! In all seriousness, my back is really grateful for the new bag.
Okay, every so often I will say something about a co-worker’s cologne or perfume… I am not perfect, if I were I would be sitting at Jesus’ right hand… but I am not. So, I guess for now, you will have to put up with me. I probably should be better and not make a comment. Note to self, no more perfume comments, even when I turn green and want to throw up. This might be hard, because I have lived fragrance free for over 2 years now and perfumes can make me turn really cool shares of greeeeeen. We can talk about that later. I do use essential oils, and they smell so amazing. They are a great alternative to the chemical filled fragrances common in society.
I am different from your average person… I know it. I accept it. In a weird way, I enjoy it! I hope that by walking what I talk people will start to realize that living a healthy lifestyle is not hard. It’s completely obtainable. You can eat organically without breaking the bank. It’s why I started this blog to share with you, as a young professional, how easy it is to live a healthy lifestyle. I used to think that junior high girls were the worst when it came to judgment against each other, but I am beginning to think that professionals are worse. Maybe I am over-reacting. Maybe I am completely wrong. All I know is that the comments that others make to me based on my lifestyle is getting old and won’t change my mind. Instead, they strengthen my resolve to continue to live an organic lifestyle.
Don’t judge me for doing… because I don’t judge you.