“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale, American Motivational Speaker (1921-1989)
I don’t like to tell people what to do, especially when it comes to how to eat to be healthy. Why? Because people don’t like to be told what to do. Plus, food is like religion, it is so personal it is easy to offend someone by telling them they could be healthy if they made some changes to their diet and lifestyle. In addition, there are so many other factors that influence what people eat – religion being one, societal and cultural views, animal welfare concerns, allergies, medical conditions, and on and on. So I generally don’t tell people what to eat to be healthy, unless they ask – it is just dangerous territory otherwise. You never know when you’re going to step on a landmine.
When I hear co-workers talking about how eggs are bad for you, cholesterol kills, low-fat this low-fat that, calories in calories out, all while running on the treadmill for an hour at lunch trying to win the Biggest Loser competition, I keep my mouth shut. I’m not going to try to try to change someone’s mind if they are not soliciting my advice. Plus, who am I? I’m not a nutritionist (but I will be) and I’m not a medical doctor (but what do they know about nutrition anyway?). I’m just a lady who has done my own research, come to my own conclusions, experimented with my own diet and figured out how to optimize my diet and lifestyle to thrive…
So this week when I heard the last egg white omelette and low-fat yogurt breakfast story I had the patience to hear, I lost my shit. “Guys my ears are bleeding listening to you talk about nutrition. You’ve got it all wrong.” Those were my exact words. I guess I shouldn’t bottle my opinion up so much. Apparently I’m a real jerk when I do. I am generally an outspoken person, but for some reason I’ve avoided speaking up in social circles unless I’m directly asked my opinion about food. I just don’t like to argue about it. I’ve made up my mind, I don’t need to change yours.
Back to the story…after my outburst, my coworker emails me a print screen of a whole egg compared to the egg white and points out that the egg yolk has so much more cholesterol so there! Oh boy…here we go.
I replied back that eggs are one of the most nutrient dense and cheapest foods on the planet (there are 13 essentials nutrients in the yolk. Essential = necessary for life.) I went on to explain that the whole diet heart lipid hypothesis is a load of crap. Ancel Keys screwed us. Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease, inflammation does. What causes inflammation? Some grains, vegetable oils, sugar, alcohol, stress, not enough sleep…so stop arguing with me and eat the whole egg.
His response was “OK, here’s what I eat for breakfast, what do you think?” 🙂
Maybe I added 5 years to someone’s life this week and that felt pretty awesome.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what I want to be when I grow up. I’m going to be thirty this year (AHH!). I love what I do for a living right now, and I’m feeling really great about the job I’m in and the opportunities I have at work. In fact, I’m so busy even thinking about adding 20 hours of studying to my week gives me slight agida.
I sort of took a step back from my pursuit of becoming a nutrition expert over the last year but all along I knew that teaching nutrition is something that I’m passionate about. Like really, really passionate about. Situations like the one I found myself in this week (or rather, that I created) make me feel even stronger that I know I can make a difference. Even if it is a small one and even if it is one little wave each week or month. It’s something. Discovering and pursuing my why, my purpose, that is my goal this year. And I believe that purpose has something to do with inspiring others to be a better, healthier, stronger, version of themselves – if that is what they want.
That’s why I am starting a nutrition certification program this year. I’ve got to. Do I have time for it with a full-time job, two kids, a house,a giant garden and hubby to take care of? Mmm, probably not. But if I don’t do it now, the time is going to pass anyway and when will I ever have the time?