Am I sacrificing?

I’ve had numerous people say they could never be as “strict” with their diet as I am because they couldn’t sacrifice so much.

Maybe this is why people assume that eating healthily means sacrifice...

My question back is always, “What am I really sacrificing?”

Here are two of the most common responses I get when I ask what I’m sacrificing….

“You can’t have pizza and such any day when you just “feel like it?” 

For one, I do occasionally have pizza if I want it. I just don’t give into temptation very often.

And I don’t think it is a sacrifice to not eat bad food whenever I feel like it! But then again I’m also super happy eating butter, steak, bacon and the bazillion other fatty foods that I can eat every single day that other people avoid as “bad” for them.

I also realize the bigger picture. By avoiding eating the vegetable oils and gluten that comes with a lot of those “cheat” meals on a regular basis, I’m avoiding things that are seriously detrimental to my health. Also, why would I eat those cheats on a regular basis when I can indulge in healthier Primal cheats like dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, bacon and full-fat cheese?

So really who is sacrificing? Me with my delicious healthy foods and occasional cheats? Or you with your blander diet that makes you avoid fatty foods, but gives you the ability to eat bad whenever you want?

“You sometimes don’t go out or over-indulge in alcohol because you are sticking to your diet.”

I won’t argue with this statement, but I also don’t think of staying in occasionally or not “overindulging” as a sacrifice. For one, I’ve never been a HUGE party-er or a huge drinker so that didn’t really change with my “strict” diet.

I don’t go out any less…I just don’t always indulge in the carb-loaded appetizers you order…or the desserts. But unlike many diets I’ve tried, I don’t need to be a recluse on Primal. Very rarely can I not find at least one Primal dish to eat!

So I can still go out and party as much as I’ve always done. So…again, I don’t think my DIET is making me sacrifice.

“What do you mean you can’t try the food I brought in?”

I hate that when food is brought into work everyone always tries to force you to eat it. They try to make you feel like you are missing out because you aren’t trying it.

My theory though is that they envy the fact that you have enough self-control to refrain from eating something that honestly isn’t something you (or even they) really wanted to eat.

Is it really sacrificing to not eat something you weren’t planning to eat? Is it really sacrificing to skip that piece of pizza or brownie that you don’t know is good when you have a delicious meal that you brought with you?

Seriously, why eat something someone brought in when you don’t want it!?!

Now let me ask you, am I really sacrificing? Is being healthier while eating foods that are still satisfying even if they aren’t what I used to consider “cheats” worth not getting to indulge in some of the great “bad” foods I used to love as often?

I think so….

Posted on February 20, 2012, in Conventional Wisdom - How I hate you, Diet, Uhm? and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. First of all, people need to stop using the word sacrifice as a means to not accomplishing their goals. I do not think you are “sacrificing” anything if you truly enjoy your lifestyle and the good food that goes along with it. I hate it when people think parents are “sacrificing” certain things to be good role models to their children and the same idea applies to the eating habits of different people. If you can live without a certain food or activity that is not very good for you, can it really be considered a sacrifice or just a healthier “choice” you are making to improve your life? Of course, people have different ideas of what is considered to even be a sacrifice so the idea that others bug you about your lifestyle choices is Ludacris. For example, I like to eat cheat foods one day a week (Sunday) so I can enjoy, not necessarily indulge, certain foods that I am not interested in during the week and I have come across some people who think I should be strict seven days a week or it is pointless… If this is what works for me and makes me feel good why is it a problem for others? I think everyone should take the “to each their own” approach like with the topic of religion or politics and do their best not to push their opinions onto others. The only time you guys give out advice is when people come to your page or into your gym and ask for it so I think if you do or do not want to eat something it is okay to ask once if you would like some but it is unacceptable to make you feel like you are strange or losing out on something if you are not interested in it. 🙂

  2. “Overindulging” in alcohol is really overrated. I think I get drunk maybe once a year and the last couple of times I’ve done it I’ve always spent the next few days thinking it wasn’t worth it.

    I do find it interesting when people criticize people who eat healthy food as if we are these killjoys engaged in dietary self-flagellation. First of all, I do sometimes eat cake and pizza and I refuse to be the kind of person who torments myself over it. If I want it I want it, if I don’t I don’t. NBD. And secondly, I hate that healthy food has become synonymous with anti-pleasure. I like healthy food because it tastes good and it makes me feel good. How is that anti-pleasure? Doing something because it pleases your senses is pretty much THE antithesis of anti-pleasure.

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