When it comes to nutritional changes in your life I find that people usually have a negative response depending on how extreme those changes are.
As I gear up for another 12 weeks of training and nutritional… normality is what I call it but friends and family like to call it extremism. I start thinking about the remarks I will get from family, friends, fellow athletes, co-workers and complete strangers. They usually are not good.
I compete in a sport and at a level which requires a strict training and nutritional regime. This, coupled by the fact that I must make a weight class leads to eating so healthy and requires measures that most people notice because most people don’t eat this way.
Now you don’t have to be an athlete to experience this. I know people who are just trying to lose a little weight, prepare for a 5K race, tone up to fit in a wedding dress that get the same response from people.
What is that response?
It varies but one thing for certain is this. All emotions stem from two primary emotions. One is love, the other is fear. One is positive and one is negative. If the comments you hear are not one they are the other.
I hear mostly negative comments. For example,
“Shane you’re to skinny.”
“You looks like you’re not eating.”
“That can’t be healthy.”
“You should quit that shit.”
“Just move up a division.”
On and on and on…
Obviously all the fear variety and not very encouraging or helpful.
My response to this has always been to be ready with an answer. I always consult a nutritionist so I know I am eating right and within a healthy BMI and weight for my body type. I feel great, win competitions and never jeopardize my health. That should do the trick right… Wrong.
They never stop. Why? Could it be jealousy, concern, the need to poke and prod into someone’s life more exciting than their own… I don’t know.
What I did learn recently is that the real Art Of Adaptation would be this:
This comes from a blog post by Sarah Stanley. She really encourages you to invite conversation to avoid debate. I also believe that if you don’t fill the void of information about the changes in your life, nutritional habits and how you feel then others will! You know what happens when the rumor mill gets going.
So explain to those people what is happening and reach out to others like Sarah and myself for advice or at least sanity. I know reading that someone else was going through the same thing made me feel a little less crazy when I woke up this morning.