Monday, October 21, 2013

Conversation with a Coworker

Very cliched start, but I was standing at the water cooler, filling up my bottle.

Coworker: "Hey, skinny! You look great! What's your secret?"

Me: "You really want to know?"

Coworker: "Yes, I really do."

Me: "I'm eating crazy healthy, emphasis on CRAZY."

Coworker: "Really? Like how?"

Me: "Well, I'm eating organic, as natural as possible. Coconut oil and butter, natural meats, no processed food at all. I'm only eating raw dairy, but I get to eat all the butter I want."

Coworker: "Really? I love butter."

Me: "I love butter too - that's the best part about this way of eating. Oh and I don't eat any grain."

Coworker: "No grain at all?"

Me: "No, well, that's what I did for about 6 weeks. Now I can start adding grain back in slowly to see if I have a reaction. Of course, they have to be properly prepared, soaked in fact."

Coworker: Blank Stare.

Me: "Yeah, I soak and sprout a lot of what I eat - grains, nuts, beans..."

Coworker: "Yeah, no."

Me: "I know, it's not for everyone and it takes some preparation, but I feel great!"

Coworker: "Yeah, and you look great, but I'm not doing all of that."

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Kinda funny what people are willing to do and not willing to do. You can be presented with the fountain of youth, the weight loss solution, the "magic" pill to health, and if people think it's too hard, they won't do it. Man, we are lazy as a society.

And to think I didn't even tell her about the coffee enemas or the supplements. LOL


6 comments:

  1. I have had similar conversations. It's kind of funny how people will say they have "tried everything", but then backtrack when it really comes down to trying what works.

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  2. Hey if I got an all clear from my doctors and could afford to see a specialist and budget for more organic than I already eat I'd be doing it too. Alas right now it is infertility treatments that eat up my budget.

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    1. Well, I can't afford to eat all organic, and that's mostly because I live in the middle of nowhere where there isn't much choice. We pay about the same for conventional foods that people pay for organic in larger metro areas where the selection is better and transportation costs are minimized. The steer we bought is going to help with our budget tremendously, and I do a lot of price comparisons for everything we buy. I am doubling my grocery budget, but that's from the rock bottom cost of $300 a month. If we lived in a larger metro area, I probably would have had a $200 budget LOL I do buy organic items when they are on sale, and I try to adhere to the Clean 15/Dirty dozen rules as closely as I can afford to. Cleaning produce with a vinegar soak and peeling off skins can help with non-organic items. There are always good/better/best choices, and you have to go with the choice that fits best into your budget.

      That being said, organic grains and beans are actually not that much more expensive than conventional, and soaking them really only costs time. Eating grain free may be more expensive because the items that replace the grains can be more expensive, but then we save so much money because I can't really eat out! :)

      Seeing the nutritionist is certainly not a cost I really have in my budget, but I'm doing it for my long term health. As far as fertility treatments go, I wish I had found this nutritionist 5 years ago (or more) because this is definitely a much more affordable route than IVF, and I truly wish we had tried this first. Even if it didn't work, taking the GMO's out of our diet would have probably helped with our success. I'm still paying off my IVF's, so I totally understand how those treatments really tax the finances.

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  3. I also think that different things work for different people. Grains and legumes don't bother me at all but eating red meat will make me feel like shit for a week. I think the biggest head scratcher for me is exercise... It makes everyone feel better if they do it and no one does... Plus its free....

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    1. I agree on exercise!!! And I also agree that different people have different reactions to foods, as well as your own personal beliefs. I love my vegan bud Angie, and would never presume to tell her how to eat. I also never thought I would had an issue with grain, but apparently I've had such a chronic response for so long, I never noticed it until I cut it out. It's funny though - my annual bloodwork pointed a million fingers at some sort of reaction, but I never thought to look at grain until my nutritionist told me to.

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