I have noticed that people become self-conscious eating in front of me now. It totally sucks. I'm not judging anybody. Yes, if someone is very overweight and watching them eat a bag of chips I might be thinking that I wish they weren't eating that. But truly it is an individual choice. I know everybody wants to be healthy. I also know that it is very hard to get on the road to optimum health. Old habit die very hard. I am only here to help people when they ask for help. And very excited when people do! Please don't hide your brownie under the table when I walk over. It's all good. To each his own.
I understand how hard it is to break out of our old ways. I also understand that food is very addictive and sub optimal foods are comforting. Carrots usually are not considered comforting. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, french fries, cake, chips. There are the foods that people often find comfort in... calorie dense foods that light up our dopamine systems that make us feel fulfilled and happy. Habits can take a long time to break which is why I feel that dealing with changing over food habits need to be looked at with a one day at a time approach. Have worked with many food addicted people and I do understand that it is the hardest habit to break because we all need to eat. There is so much emotion tied into eating. The emotional part of the brain and eating are so closely tied. I do have to tell you though that I now get equally as excited over a bowl of amazing soup as I used to get over a Sprinkles cupcake. I know your our coughing out "bullsh*t" under your breath right now, but I really do. Dr Doug Lisle does and awesome talk on WHY we crave the calorie laden foods that people crave most. Click here: Dr www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXbtaDOBK8
I am not judging you when you don't make a perfect choice. I am not even judging you when you make horrible choices. I have made plenty of these in my life. I do know that I am getting judged too. Why do I have to be SO healthy and deprive myself of something SO good? Some people get very upset that I have decided not to eat meat and engage me in conversation where they just want me to tell them that I think it is okay to eat it, and that I think it is actually healthier to eat it than not eat it. They are making an argument because it is so ingrained in them that we must eat animal protein to survive on this earth. I understand that it's hard to accept that we do not need to eat animal protein. It took me years to finally decide to research it as much as I possibly could and convince myself that even though I felt better not eating it I shouldn't eat it. Yes, that last sentence was correct. I always feel better not eating meat but I always felt that I absolutely needed to or something bad would happen to me. Now that I know that all of the studies prove just the opposite I feel perfectly comfortable not eating animal protein. I did not expect to feel as satisfied as I do not eating it though. I thought I would miss meat dishes more. I really don't. It took 3 solid months to not miss it anymore.
I try not to be a beat you over the head kind of gal. I do love educating people though, so if you have any questions, please ask. I will not judge you while you eat your steak and please don't mention that all I ate at dinner was a salad and veggies if that was my only choice because we were at a steak house . When I got home I ate a bowl of beans and rice. It's all good :)
I am Chrissy Roth, a mom, wife, Physical Therapist, Spin Instructor, and Wellness Coach with a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. I've had a passion for health and nutrition my whole life and have always been drawn towards prevention. Why wait until your fat or sick or both to do something about your health? I'm looking to be the healthiest me NOW and am always sharing what I know. I love a challenge... 2 boys who think they are cavemen and a husband who wants to go veggie but hates beans, tofu, legumes, and most nuts.... I WILL make this happen cause that's how I roll (whole grain of course)...