Ever go to a party and get cornered by one of those people who exercise everyday, eat a flawless diet, and feel compelled to tell you about it? I’m not talking about the “Exaggerating Dieter,” who talks a good game of boot camp and gluten-free, then shovels a tortilla chip laden with cheese dip into her mouth the minute you turn your back.
Recently, I attended an out of town function where I found myself in a conversation with one of these people. Between sips of sparkling water, she filled me in on the details of her weight training regime, then got me up to speed on the dates, places, weather conditions and times of the runs she’d been in over the last year. From there, we explored her diet. I heard all about her jump-start, smoothie-fortified breakfast, her power-boost, mid-morning snack, her high-protein lunch, her afternoon energy-sustaining snack and her balanced, low-fat dinner. And her juicer, she confessed, is something she cannot dream of living without. I believe the appliance serves as both a pulverizer and her teddy bear.
I didn’t let on I’m in the health promotion business. I’ve learned that once the “Myopically Healthy” finds out what I do for a living, they not only expect me to agree with their “Go big or go home” perspective, they’re also looking for a “You go girl!” reaction. My new acquaintance wouldn’t get my anti-militaristic angle on health and fitness. So I plead the fifth (in my head,) nod and smile at appropriate times.
To those of you who may be Myopically Healthy, please don’t be offended. I’m not putting you down; I think its fine to live your life like this way. I’m just asking you to consider:
- The majority of us don’t exercise everyday or eat a stringently healthy diet, nor do we want to. You aren’t inspiring us.
- We prefer not to listen to the details of your exercise and eating habits. We’re not jealous; we just don’t find the details interesting. Perhaps you can drum up something else to talk about, less alienating.
- And please don’t think our exercise efforts and attempts to eat a healthy diet don’t count. They do. Check with the AMA or WebMD or some other big-wig health organizations. Moderation is the new black.
I exercise regularly and frequently, but not everyday. The majority of what I eat is healthy but I also eat unhealthy food. When a behavior is in charge of you, and not vice versa, there’s a problem. And what about the expression,“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” Like work, too much exercise and rigid eating habits…well, you know where I’m going with this.
I believe it’s not healthy to be healthy all the time. The all of nothing approach to anything isn’t good for you. Flexibility is the new gray. Boo Yah!
Until next time,
Peace, Juicers and Teddy Bears