The diet scene in my office is ridiculous. There’s someone doing 5:2, a couple of die hard Slimming World members, a raw vegan and somebody who eats high protein. The conversation starts up and they ask me what do I do, what do I eat. They know I’m gluten intolerant, but aside from that, nothing of note. I eat plenty of vegetables, drink plenty of water, balanced my food groups in my meals and eat chocolate in the evenings.
But that “boring” answer is not what they want to hear, so they start trying to convince me otherwise, telling me I should try this, that and the other, in order to lose weight, tone up, glow, get clear skin, achieve happiness. It’s the same in the online world, people pushing what they believe in.
On one hand, it’s great, you have access to new ideas and new foods that you might not have considered before. But there’s a lot to be said for sticking to your guns. My goal is simple. I want to gain a bit of muscle to lose some jiggle whilst still eating wholefoods. My method works for me, that why I’m sticking with it. You could argue I’m pushing my ideas by simply having this blog, and to some extent, that’s true. I share my thoughts and my recipes in the hope that you will try them and experience similar benefits that I have. But it doesn’t concern me if you don’t. I’m not going to do the hard sell and force you to eat wholefoods or force you to eat meat or force you to eat nut butter.
Even if your diet and exercise regime is not cool or cutting edge, we should all have the courage of conviction to carry on if it’s working for us. Of course, be open to new ideas, especially if what you’re doing currently is moving you forwards towards your end goal. The healthiest life you can live is one that is sustainable and enjoyable to you, whatever it looks like. I know vegans who look amazing, Paleo-eaters who have so much energy and omnivores with fabulous skin.
You shouldn’t give up your path just because of someone in life or online. You don’t have to apologise for the choices you make or say sorry for your version of health. Leave people to their opinions, nod politely and say “oh that’s interesting” but always stay true to what you believe in, what makes you feel good on the inside and what makes you happy.