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Old 04-24-2023, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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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?
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Old 04-25-2023, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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I've had people rag on me because I eat low carb and don't drink more than one cocktail a night. Not exactly a high bar for health.

Why would they care? I think they probably feel guilty for not eating/drinking more responsibly, even though I never say anything. I mean, I'm jonesing for their french fries...
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Old 05-01-2023, 09:04 PM
 
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No one ever complained I don’t drink or eat certain things but they usually aren’t much of a drinker either and most friends share similar food likes. I knew a guy who liked pasta a lot and it was a lot of bread and carbs, that was the main conflict though I usually had a salad. I wasn’t limiting carbs then but felt awful after eating out with a lot of wheat.
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Old 06-27-2023, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I don’t think most Americans realize how badly they eat, with large amounts of sugar & salt, and carbs that turn to sugar, to go along with high amount of saturated fats and fried foods. So someone who doesn’t eat a lot of fast food and junk food is seen as a “health nut” rather than a regular person who doesn’t consume all the garbage that gets advertised on television.
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Old 06-27-2023, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Not really. They know I do it for a variety of reasons, health issues, vanity, and I genuinely really like healthy food.
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Old 06-27-2023, 10:55 AM
 
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My in-laws are incredibly weight-obsessed. It feels like 50% of their conversations are about who's skinny, who's fat, and about every fad diet and supplement out there.

I'm no "nut" nor do I look like Adonis, but I have good habits and awareness overall and I exercise daily.

I'm sick to death of being called "hey skinny" (esp. because I'm not---just average) and getting the "oh you never have problems with food" comments, especially since I really want to face-dive into every tub of pasta and pizza I can find.
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Old 06-27-2023, 11:15 AM
 
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I don’t think most Americans realize how badly they eat, with large amounts of sugar & salt, and carbs that turn to sugar, to go along with high amount of saturated fats and fried foods. So someone who doesn’t eat a lot of fast food and junk food is seen as a “health nut” rather than a regular person who doesn’t consume all the garbage that gets advertised on television.
Any other stereotypes?
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Old 06-27-2023, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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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?
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."
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Old 06-27-2023, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Any other stereotypes?
It’s not really a stereotype if it’s true, though maybe exacerbated by living in the Midwest.
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Old 06-28-2023, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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I'm not tired of not having coronary artery disease. I'm not tired of not having diabetes.
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