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Old 06-28-2023, 12:07 PM
 
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I could imagine that happening quite a lot 50 or 60 years ago, but I'm surprised to hear of it still going on today.
Natural food is so mainstream now, with Whole Foods stores popping up all over,
and regular supermarkets selling organic produce. Also, special diets are much more visible;
I constantly see the words "gluten free."
I find it stupid when companies put "gluten free" on things like cheese that never ever had any gluten in them in the first place. Gluten free is for bread, baked goods, snacks, etc., wherein the usual product does contain gluten.

I agree with others that with so many people eating vegetarian or vegan or even "flexitarian" these days, it's rare when someone makes a remark about others' food choices, and when they do, they are looked at as being sort of jerky.

I have a part-time job that includes attending a lot of events where a meal is served. There are always a lot of Indian and Muslim and Jewish people at these events (New York engineering industry), and their regular diets are vegetarian or else they eat vegetarian when halal or kosher food is not available. Someone remarking on what they are eating or not eating would be looked upon like an a-hole.
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Old 06-28-2023, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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I wouldn't care what they call me, or "get tired" of it. It's much easier to ignore or get rid of such "friends".
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Old 06-28-2023, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Shredded cheeses, string cheese, canisters of parmesan cheese and even blocks of cheese can have gluten added during the manufacturing and packaging process.
Some anti-caking agents are made from wheat flour or starch, both of which contain gluten.
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Old 06-28-2023, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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I find it stupid when companies put "gluten free" on things like cheese that never ever had any gluten in them in the first place. Gluten free is for bread, baked goods, snacks, etc., wherein the usual product does contain gluten.

I agree with others that with so many people eating vegetarian or vegan or even "flexitarian" these days, it's rare when someone makes a remark about others' food choices, and when they do, they are looked at as being sort of jerky.

I have a part-time job that includes attending a lot of events where a meal is served. There are always a lot of Indian and Muslim and Jewish people at these events (New York engineering industry), and their regular diets are vegetarian or else they eat vegetarian when halal or kosher food is not available. Someone remarking on what they are eating or not eating would be looked upon like an a-hole.
Oh heck, I've seen gluten free coffee.

I don't know about you, but all my coffee damn sure better be gluten free! I certainly do NOT want glutinous coffee!
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Old 06-28-2023, 12:18 PM
 
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Shredded cheeses, string cheese, canisters of parmesan cheese and even blocks of cheese can have gluten added during the manufacturing and packaging process.
Really? I would not have thought that. I mean, for a person with celiac, they have to be careful that a product isn't manufactured in the same plant with gluten products, because the sensitivity is so high.

For someone like my daughter, who is merely gluten intolerant, it would not be so important to know.
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Old 06-28-2023, 12:49 PM
 
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I've definitely been called worse!
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Old 06-28-2023, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Up on the bluff above the lake
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I've definitely been called worse!
I agree!
I just feel my diet like my religion is something I believe in although you may not. That's OK, but leave your comments to yourself unless they are constructive comments not meant to judge but to learn or understand.
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Old 06-28-2023, 07:58 PM
 
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"Health nut" is not the worst thing I've been called as a vegetarian, so I guess it doesn't worry me that much. Though it *is* a bit annoying that people assume health is the reason I do it, or assume that because I don't eat meat I must eat super-healthy all the time-- even though most of them have NO idea what I actually eat. I point out to them that cake and pizza and french fries are vegetarian.


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I agree!
I just feel my diet like my religion is something I believe in although you may not. That's OK, but leave your comments to yourself unless they are constructive comments not meant to judge but to learn or understand.
Yup. Especially since if I made the same sort of comments back to them, it'd be "UGH veg{etari}ans are such jerks, always judging people and making comments about what they eat!" And if I told them they were being rude, it'd be "UGH veg{etari}ans are so sensitive, can't even take a joke!"
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Old 06-28-2023, 08:04 PM
 
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I'm wondering if others who try to eat a mostly nutritious diet are sometimes viewed as odd or health nuts by other folks? Others being those who eat more along the lines of the Standard American Diet.

I try to practice my food preferences quietly and without trying to convert anyone else to my way of eating, but still...twice in the last couple of weeks, I've been called odd and a health nut 'cause I eat somewhat differently.

My way of eating isn't that severe or unusual, I don't think...mainly vegetarian and avoid wheat due to its inflammatory effect on my arthritis. Bread and baked goods are yummy, but I don't like the resulting pain...

Does anyone else feel kind of isolated in their eating habits?
Seems to me you're looking at this the wrong way.

The question isn't whether other people feel isolated. The question should be, what kind of retorts are you going to develop to stop the annoying comments?

On the other hand, if you've been eating this way for years and now suddenly have two comments, that doesn't seem like enough to stress about.
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Old 06-28-2023, 08:24 PM
 
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When I started eating healthy some decades ago, almost all my family and friends would make comments about it. (I actually made the switch to healthy eating through knowledge of the long term health benefits)

I very rarely hear any comments (negative) anymore. I think most people are educated enough about the benefits of eating healthy, even if they don’t, to not make a negative comment about a positive action. ( at least my family and friends never give me any grief)

A few years ago I survived a death sentence health issue and my oncologist said the reason I lived was I was so healthy going into the issue. He even started running and eating better because of my survival. ( I still run 4-5 times a week and eat healthy)
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