Hello! I woke up early to get some work done, and now I’m about to leave for a mid-morning workout. I find I’m most creative and alert in the morning, so I’ve always tried to do my workouts later if possible.
Had some breakfast while I toiled:
Breakfast was a fun twist on the classic PB and J sandwich.
Instead of PB, I used AB <—almond buttah! Barney Butter brand + TJ’s strawberry jam.
And I added 1/2 a melted banana to the mix, which is KEY. To make it, I slice a banana lengthwise and then put in on a griddle for a few minutes on each side. So delicious.
I love to pose questions about how our healthy relationship with food and exercise impacts our friends, significant others, families, and coworkers. Here’s some of my past posts on the subject:
- Healthy Families and Friends
- Loving a Smoker
- Getting Married to Someone with Unhealthy Habits
- Getting Over Regrets
- Fat Talking’ Men
Today’s question comes from Jul. I wasn’t sure what kind of advice to give her (as I’ve worked from home for 3 years and my current coworkers include Maggie and James) because I know office politics can be pretty gnarly. I bet you guys have some great suggestions on dealing with Nosy Coworkers.
Jul says: I’d like to ask if you (or any of your readers) have any suggestions about managing attitudes about healthy lifestyles in the workplace. The woman who works in the office next to mine is very friendly and outgoing — not to mention great at her job. I like having her as a coworker. But I’m a little uncomfortable about the very active interest (for lack of a better term) she takes in my eating habits. Whenever she walks past my office and I’m eating breakfast or having a mid-afternoon snack, she always slows down, turns her head, and stares at what I’m eating. If we have lunch together with the whole office, she always eyes what I’ve packed. If our office orders out, she always seems to pay particular attention to what I order. If I order my salad dressing on the side and dip my fork in it rather than pouring it over my salad, for instance, I can feel her eyes on me. If I decide to splurge on some fries, I can see her staring at my plate. I’m confident that I’m not just imagining it (once or twice is one thing, but this really happens all the time!), and that it’s really just me and my eating habits (and not everyone else in the office). I don’t know if it’s envy that I eat pretty healthfully (and heartily)… or wistfulness… or flat-out, beyond-the-norm nosiness… or some other combination of factors. I suspect that she doesn’t have the healthiest relationship with food herself, and I can sympathize with that. I’ve been there myself, to an extent. But I don’t feel as if I know her well enough to reach out and help in some way, although I wish I could. Mostly, I just wish her relationship with food didn’t translate into an awkward preoccupation with my food habits. And I wish that it didn’t bother me so much — although maybe it just means I still have things to work through myself (but don’t we all?)
How should Jul handle her nosy coworker? Should she say something or continue to ignore it? Have you ever felt extremely interested in a coworkers’ eating or exercise habits? Do you coworkers stick their nose with it doesn’t belong?