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I had my asana handed to me at Y2Yoga today!


Super Flow (90 minute hot yoga) was super… hard.  As usual.  I am trying really hard to keep my elbows locked against my body during chaturangas instead of letting them fall out to get a better upper body workout… it’s so challenging!


But we did tree pose about ten times, so I was happy.  Tree pose is my very favorite pose in all of yoga!


Came home and made an Indian-inspired lunch:


I roasted some small white potatoes with broccoli and then mixed the veggies in some Yellow Curry Sauce from TJ’s:


Topped with two dippy eggs.  Dippy eggs + potatoes = heaven.



A great lunch, indeed!


I guess because it’s the New Year and people are trying to change their habits, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails about nosy coworkers and negative nancy friends.  I’ve also gotten a few emails about motivating other people to get healthy. 


So, here are a few of my “how to deal with other people when making healthy life changes” posts.  As usual, I tried to write thorough posts, but the comments on each of the following post are really a gold mine of good info.  🙂 Enjoy!



Do you encounter resistance in your social circle when trying to make or keep healthy habits?  Or is everyone super supportive?



  • Ella January 4, 2011, 2:05 pm

    I get the WORST resistance. I’m a junior in college, I’m weirdly healthy for my age group I guess. I’m a vegetarian, and pretty committed to staying in shape. My best friend makes comments along the lines of “I’m going to grind up a hamburger and put it in your food when you’re not looking” or “Do I need to force feed you?” when I don’t eat anything when we go to McDonalds at 1 in the morning or pass on desert or a second dinner. They try to make it as hard as possible on me to be healthy whether its only stopping at fast food restaurants when we travel or making fun of me for waking up early to go for a run. UGH! I try to feed them vegan meals I make and they make gagging noises. I’ve learned to tune them out but they really know how to push my buttons.

    • Whitney January 4, 2011, 2:23 pm

      Doesn’t sound like a “friend” to me. That’s a shame they do that to you..sounds like they may be a little envious of your healthy work ethic. Just my opinion! 🙂

    • Caitlin January 4, 2011, 2:25 pm

      I think part of this is the age group… When you’re in college (most people) don’t care at all about being healthy. Give it two years and your friends will be calling you up for advice!!! Trust me. 🙂 You’re ahead of the times, girl.

      • Ella January 4, 2011, 5:58 pm

        Thats good to hear!

    • Baking 'n' Books January 4, 2011, 2:27 pm

      Yeah. And people project their own insecurities on you. If there was a real problem, I would hope they would be more compassionate about it.

    • Baking 'n' Books January 4, 2011, 2:29 pm

      I think a lot of it comes from accepting and learning to love yourself first. When that happens, other people won’t “get” to you.

  • Sarah for Real January 4, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Your lunch really looks delicious today! Just had to add that.

    I know it’s unusual, but I don’t look to the people around me for support in my healthy habits. It’s something I do for myself because it makes me feel good. I do GET support from my husband and friends, but I don’t rely on it.

    The one major support in my healthy journey that’s an “outside source” has been this healthy blogging community. Ideas, tips, friendships, positivity, inspiration… It’s all here!

    I couldn’t care less what my uninspired co-workers might think of my healthy living choices.

    • JenATX January 4, 2011, 7:01 pm

      I like your spin on things, doing something healthy for yourself. I get jazzed when people comment on what I eat & what I do when I should be confident & secure in myself. I think I was afraid they there were thinking I didn’t really enjoy life or was missing out on something by living a healthy lifestyle when i don’t think I’m missing out on anything. And why should I care whether they think I’m missing out or not?

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine January 4, 2011, 2:19 pm

    It’s funny because my husband is the most supportive, but unsupportive person on my quest to be healthier. When we met, he had VERY unhealthy habits. He grew up in a fast food family with a mom who rarely cooked. In college, he was addicted to soda and continued his fast food binges. He is not overweight or anything(surprisingly), so I get very stressed about his health in general.

    Since I started blogging and making more of an effort to change my own unhealthy habits, my husband threw so much support to me and encouraged me daily. However, he still requests unhealthy foods for dinner and we do get into tiffs about it. He wants white bread, I want wheat. He wants milk, I want almond. I want soyrizo…he cringes. He is MILES better than he was before, but it’s hard for me to fully commit, if everyone in my household (ie-hubs) isn’t fully on board as well. Any advice?

    • Caitlin January 4, 2011, 2:28 pm

      SO I think that everyone has a ratio of healthy to unhealthy they can live with. Some people are 50/50, some people are 80/20, some people are 99/1. Maybe your ratio is closer to 99/1 and your Husband’s is more like 50/50? Maybe you can sit down the next time he requests something really unhealthy for dinner and explain that you know he *needs* some unhealthy meals to stay in balance and you can cook one special request meal a week for him, but you really want him to get behind the other 6 nights (especially if you’re the one cooking!).

      Re: the white vs wheat bread, buy two loaves 🙂

      The husband and I have this tiff about half and half vs. coconut milk creamer so we just buy two separate ones 🙂

    • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides January 4, 2011, 3:05 pm

      My husband is sort of the same way. He is very supportive of the changes I have made but would love it if we went to Penn Station and Olive Garden all the time.

      To balance things out, I try to make fake-out meals where he is getting something bad but really isn’t. We also buy two loaves of bread, different milk, different treats, etc.

      As far as eating out, I stand my ground about picking places where we can both be happy or where I can make suitable substitutions.

      • Allison B January 5, 2011, 8:44 am

        My husband is the same way! I buy 2 loaves because even my 9 year old says she can’t give up white bread (even though the wheat ALWAYS disappears first, but I never point that out).
        My family in terms of husband and kids are supportive, what 2 year old do you know loves going to the gym and has to wear her gym clothes!? (It’s just too stinking cute and the gyms daycare room is awesome thanks to lovely women that work there.) But, he does have his break down moments when he claims he needs fruity pebbles, some sort of fried pork product (bacon, scrapple…my arteries are blocking as I type), whole milk, and bologna sandwich with potato chips.
        My mom, sisters, and a few other random members of my family just don’t get it. There is eye rolling, comments/jokes made (that they think are at my expense but I’m my battle with bulge while they’re scales/dress sizes keep creeping up) and the same gagging sounds that Ella (#1 post) was talking about.
        I just keep chugging onward slow and steady…and so far I’m down 24 pounds with hopes of losing 20 more pounds this year to get down to what I was before my first pregnancy (almost 10 years ago).

        • Caitlin January 5, 2011, 8:45 am

          Congrats on your healthy weight loss!!

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health January 4, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I am such a fan of a drippy egg…there are no words! As far as resistance from others is concerned, I tend to find people are uber interested in what I’m eating. True Life: one of my co-workers had never seen a brussel sprout before! I really have come to the conclusion that living a happy/healthy life is the greatest inspirations for others. My sweet 54 year old mom, who has never been into health and fitness now owns a Garmin and is training for her first half marathon all because she saw how much exercise has helped my sister and I!

    • Allison @ Happy Tales January 4, 2011, 2:50 pm

      That’s incredible about your mom! Sounds like one healthy family 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 4, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Tree pose is definitely my favorite too!

    For me, because I was so obese and needed a healthy change, my friends/family were extremely supportive when I first started my WLJ. Now that I’m down to (almost) a healthy weight, they are less supportive and are pushier with food than they used to be. Like you don’t need to watch what you eat anymore! I think it’s hard if you’ve never battled your weight to understand that maintenance is it’s own beast.

  • Julia January 4, 2011, 2:22 pm

    ….or Thai inspired lunch? 🙂
    There are lots of styles of curries; thai, indian, japanese.. all very tasty 😉
    Hot yoga kicks my booty in a major way every single time as well.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 4, 2011, 2:22 pm

    My fave yoga pose is also the tree pose! I feel so strong when I can hold it for the whole time period. 🙂

    I find it hard not to blend personal life & business. I feel like if I don’t talk about my personal life, I’m being antisocial with my coworkers… but sometimes when I do share, I feel like I’m judged or criticized.

  • Whitney January 4, 2011, 2:27 pm

    My family is very supportive of my healthy lifestyle because they partake too. My co-workers, on the other hand, have made rude comments on how I choose to eat and they have gotten to the point where they do not invite me to lunch anymore because of that. It is fine by me because the lunch places they go to are nothing but greasy restaurants and then they complain how overweight they are! My boss was just diagnosed with diabetes because of his weight. I don’t get it! 🙂

    • Allison B January 5, 2011, 8:48 am

      I have a co-worker that is very similar. A lot of the women I work with have high blood pressure and joint problems. They go to some grease trap place fill up on the special of the day then a few hours later are talking about how tired and hungry they are. Not to mention all of the “Monday will be the day I start…(insert some fad diet here)” I keep telling them (because I’ve been losing weight) that they just have to want it, until then nothing is going to change.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 4, 2011, 2:31 pm

    My boyfriend is soooo supportive of everything I try to do to our diets and such, but he is a bit resistant to the exercise portion, so I have to kind of do my own thing there. I think society in general is a bit resistant to a completely healthy lifestyle, unfortunately!

  • VeggieGirl January 4, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I’m very blessed to have 100% supportive family and friends (especially Mr. Suave 😀 )

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 4, 2011, 2:36 pm

    I remember when I first changed my habits, I was eating a pretty boring salad for lunch (I’ve since learned how to create much more exciting salads but my progress was slow!) and a friend/coworker made fun of me one day for it. At first I was hurt and kind of ate quickly and left, but realized later that she was eating McDonalds (and later complained about not being able to lose weight). She probably wasn’t making fun of my salad she was trying to make herself feel better. I’ve since learned to be confident in my choices – to make food and drink decisions based on how I’m going to feel and to not be ashamed to turn down a drink or fast food meal. I’ve found that nosy coworkers will lose interest if they are faced with confidence. 🙂

  • Lisa January 4, 2011, 2:36 pm

    That’s funny! Tree Pose is my favorite too!

    My family was totally supportive of my weight loss. Most of my friends were. The ones that weren’t aren’t in my life anymore.

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) January 4, 2011, 2:38 pm

    People at my work tend to discuss weight and weight loss a lot–but I can tell they are genuinely trying to be helpful so I try not to take anything they say or do to mean that they are being judgmental or mean-spirited.

  • allison @ thesundayflog January 4, 2011, 2:39 pm

    i wouldnt say they are negative, but my family likes to make jokes and tease me about my eating habits. i have been a pseudo veg (RARELY eating meat), since high school (i’m 23 now). they’ll say things like, “oh, you’re not eating meat this week?” when i politely decline a meat dish. i have never once asked anyone to make me something special, nor have i pitched a fit when there is little i want to eat at dinner. i just dont understand why they have to have a say at all. i dont chastise them about eating me, and it’s very frustrating to defend my eating habits when i shouldnt have to (especially because i am outwardly choosing to go veg this year…). even my boyfriend makes comments that he doesnt understand why i dont want to eat meat (when he shouldnt have to, he should just be supportive)

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) January 4, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I’ve had friends, family members, and coworkers make comments about my healthy food, but over time I’ve developed friendships with those who have to same mindset as me. This definitely makes things easier and more enjoyable. I am also very fortunate to have a husband who has healthy eating habits and enjoys exercising as well!

  • Kelly January 4, 2011, 2:40 pm

    Meh my friends make fun of me sometimes, but they’re relatively supportive.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 4, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I love that you love tree! It’s both a grounding and an uplifting pose all in one.

    I don’t have too many naysayers in my real life anymore…they either get me and love me, or they’ve moved on. And so have i 🙂 On my blog…another story…ha!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 4, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I find that when I discuss my healthy eating habits or vegetarianism with coworkers or family they often make remarks that I am already skinny and need to in fact “put more meat on my bones”. I try to explain that it’s not about weight loss but about being healthy (I am predisposed as it is to diabetes and heart disease) but it is still hard for some people to understand.

  • Stephanie January 4, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Generally my friends and family are supportive but they also think I’m weirdish and this raw for 30 days probably didn’t help the situation too much. I think sometimes my family wants advice and sometimes they want to poke fun. I don’t let it bother me too much, though. I gotta do me. 🙂

    That lunch looks yummy. I miss roasted veggies already.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 4, 2011, 2:50 pm

    We briefly chatted about this yesterday, but I do have some resistance with my group of friends because of my healthy habits. I try not to talk about running and eating healthy too much around them because I don’t want them to feel like I am pushing it on them, but at the same time, I want them to make a few changes. But I can’t force them, only encourage them to.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 4, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Halasana is my favourite yoga pose.

  • Carly January 4, 2011, 2:52 pm

    My husband is really supportive but he isn’t active and can eat anything he wants and doesn’t gain any weight whereas I have to watch everything and struggle to keep working out. So even though he supports me, it’s still hard. We just moved last summer and I haven’t made many friends so I don’t have the problem of not supportive friends. I have to make an effort to make healthy decisions every day but I’m trying!

  • Karen @ Run Shop Travel January 4, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Tree pose is my favorite too! 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 4, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Very interesting subject you bring up. Working at the Y, I’ve found it kind of ironic that some of my co-workers hate working out. Like a said, not all do… but a large portion of them complain so much about how all they want to do is “go home” after work and not stay to get a quick work out in. You can’t exactly preach too much about it either, because they already know it’s good for them (and they’re already in the building). At this point, it’s a personal choice (in my opinion).

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 4, 2011, 2:55 pm

    When I first changed my diet, people did bug me about what I ate because while they chose hamburgers, I went with the salad. But now that I’m studying nutrition, I’m constantly asked what I eat, why I eat it, if this is good, and what not because they’re trying to eat healthier. Oh how the tables turn. 😛

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In January 4, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Tree pose is my favorite too!

    I just had a conversation about motivating others to be healthy yesterday, and I think the best way to do it is to show by example and provide resources. For me, it’s having a blog. It is no use trying to force someone into new habits…it has to be their own choice. But exposing them to it definitely helps!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired January 4, 2011, 2:59 pm

    My old co-workers (all women) were very negative about my eating and exercise habits. They constantly made comments about choices I made. It really bothered me, but I now see they just didn’t understand it. Kind of like I didn’t understand why they ate two cheeseburger meals from Burger King frequently. To each their own.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 4, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Some of my family can make negative comments sometimes- I just don’t understand how healthy got a negative connotation in some circles!

  • Lauren January 4, 2011, 3:07 pm

    I really try hard not to push my food & fitness ideas on other people because you can’t force people to accept your ideas about health. Most people are accepting that I eat healthy & exercise, but some people just don’t get it. I always get jokes about my vegetarianism, and my family always asks if I want a steak as a joke.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 4, 2011, 3:12 pm

    I’ve experienced negativity too.. especially when I chose not to eat meat. Especially from close friends and family, how ironic?

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 4, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Love dippy eggs and potatoes! Perfection! I am a lover of tree pose too. I have very kind friends that I think try really hard to be healthy, but just don’t really know how. I don’t push them and they don’t push me. Although they always want to see me drink because I don’t drink much alcohol and they want to see me make a you know what out of myself. I am a calorie eater…not a drinker.

  • Leslie January 4, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I liked your old post about motivating others. As a therapist, it got me thinking about how we motivate people to change in therapy. One technique we use is asking open-ended questions about how someone feels about their current behaviors, and getting them to identify FIRST the advantages of not changing, and SECOND having them identify the reasons they’d want to change. The point is, helping them see both sides and not leading them. Hmm… maybe I’ll write a post about this…Thought-provoking–I’m glad you shared some of these topics other readers have brought up!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 4, 2011, 3:21 pm

    One of my favorite responses to “You only ate a salad” (yeah, and it weight 3 lbs) or “you work out a lot” or “you eat a lot of vegetables” is “I am well aware of that fact.” Usually puts the conversation to a stop.

  • Stacey January 4, 2011, 3:25 pm

    Unfortuntately I encounter a lot of negativity and ‘poking fun’ in relation to my eating habits from co-workers. Family and friends are okay, although they don’t always fully understand what I am trying to achieve, the automatic assumption is that I am dieting but I’m not.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 4, 2011, 3:25 pm

    Tree pose is my favorite too! And I have definitely had my fair share of resistance to the healthy changes I have made in my life. You just have to let it roll off you and keep doing what you are doing because after all, it is for YOU.

  • Kara January 4, 2011, 3:28 pm

    Tree pose is my favorite too! I don’t get a lot of backlash, except when I go for a run in inclement weather! You’d think I’d gotten a tattoo across my forehead or something when people see me running in the snow. It’s called “no gym membership” and “upcoming races” not craziness! Besides, it’s only ever cold for the 1st mile, right?

  • beth January 4, 2011, 3:31 pm

    My friends and I have a shared google calendar that we use to list all of our workouts. That way if we see someone is doing something we’d like to do on a given day we can join. They include things from gym classes to hikes and dog walks. It creates a certain accounatibilty for showing up too. I’d say we are super supportive of each other!

    • Rachel January 4, 2011, 3:39 pm

      Cool idea!!!

    • Caitlin January 4, 2011, 3:40 pm

      I want to be friends with you and your friends!

  • Rachel January 4, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I love tree pose!! I’m doing my first power yoga class tonight and I’m so sore from lifting weights yesterday I cannot wait to get a good stretch!

    I’m pretty lucky that most everyone in my circle is somewhat health conscious and appreciates healthy living.

    My fiance is super supportive but I have a hard time leaving to go exercise knowing he’s at home alone by himself (we sometimes do outdoor exercise together, but its more sporadic than my general workout regimen). I’d always rather spend time with him than do other things, but I have remind myself that it makes me a better person to stay active and healthy and he reeps those benefits too!

    • KatieTX January 4, 2011, 6:44 pm

      Wow I feel the same way about my fiance!! He joins me sporadically, but I am a 5 times per week type person. We do love cooking together, so we get some quality time in there.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 4, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I am really lucky to be surrounded by friends and family who support my ‘healthy’ lifestyle 🙂 They do, however, sometimes call me ‘crazy’ if I sigh up for a race etc which is weird. I keep telling them that we should do it together so that they can see it is not that bad – AND fun!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 4, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Boy, do I get those comments! My co-workers see me eat sweets and say loudly, “Oh, she’ll run that off” or *Scoff* “Like you have anything to worry about.” This doesn’t really offend me, since there’s some truth in that — I wouldn’t be eating that stuff if I didn’t require (or FEEL like I require) the additional calories.

    When people remark about my veggies or oatmeal, I just let me think whatever they want. I may have to go through the vegetarin spew once in a while, but people in general leave you alone once you satisfy their curiosity with an explanation. So I’ll talk about what I like in my oatmeal, how I cook it, and how I am eating veggies to “get them in.”

    I don’t push my food on anyone. Once in a while, I bake a vegan treat to show ’em how good food can be while still being relatively healthy. And I am nice and tell them their food looks/smells good. =)

  • Danielle January 4, 2011, 3:45 pm


    Can I just say how much I love your blog! I’m a new reader and I really love that you talk about relationship posts on how to handle certain situations with friends, significant others, co-workers, etc.

    This one is definitely tricky. I’ve recently started working out “seriously” (as in routinely) in the last several months and have gotten all kinds of different responses, both positive and negative. I wish people didn’t have to put others down or make them feel bad about choices they make, especially when they are concerning health.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 4, 2011, 3:46 pm

    Everyone kind of looks at me silly when I “don’t eat this or that”, but personally, I could care less what they think!

  • Nicole January 4, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Your posts have been super helpful these past few days. I have a co-worker who is on a “diet” and she’s driving me crazy. She’s become obsessive over every calorie she eats and it’s really making me uncomfortable. (it’s a small office, we’re all very close, and she’s very open about it) It really sucks!
    PS your budget post yesterday changed my world. I sat down and spoke with my company accountant and EUREKA! it’s like it all makes sense to me now. Thanks for putting it out there and triggering it for me. Happy Tuesday!

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? January 4, 2011, 3:57 pm

    I wouldnt call it resistance, but people seem to think they have the right to comment on what I’m eating. At work, if I eat a cookie I hear all about how Im cheating on my “diet”. Drives me crazy.

  • Raya January 4, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I just bought that same thai curry sauce at Trader Joe’s this weekend!! I’m SO excited to live near one, FINALLY!!!! P.S. Phoenix is gorgeous and there are mountains everywhere! You will love it while you’re visiting!

  • Stephanie January 4, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Thank you for posting all those old posts! I am constantly having problems with people asking about what I’m eating or why I don’t eat other things.

    It’s always REALLY awkward when they order in or someone brings food in for everyone and I won’t eat it. I’m a vegetarian and most of the time that’s my excuse but when it’s deep fried squash or donuts, I just don’t want to eat them because they’re unhealthy. But I don’t really know how to say that without sounding like a snob. I just feel like I would offend the people who just got done eating the food I’m insulting.


    • Caitlin January 4, 2011, 4:42 pm

      I usually just say that I’ve already ate if I don’t want to eat a special treat someone else brought in. Beyond that, it’s their own issue if they want to make a fuss about it.

    • Lindsay January 4, 2011, 5:14 pm

      Another thing that I’ve done is make something yourself to share or have stuff in the house that you can pull out and WOW them with because they can’t believe that it could be good for you and so delicious 🙂

  • Tulip January 4, 2011, 4:34 pm

    I definitely think it can be hard to make healthy changes in terms of friends. I normally meet friends for coffee and cake, and changing that would be quite weird. I suppose I should suggest meeting up for a walk instead but its just not the same!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 4, 2011, 4:35 pm

    Everyone’s definitely not supportive that’s for sure. My best friends have always been there for me but sometimes I feel like some of my other acquaintances are constantly putting my healthy eating habits down. It’s annoying but I know that I’m doing the right thing and most certainly don’t need their approval.

  • Lindsay January 4, 2011, 5:10 pm

    I am pretty blessed as far as husbands go. Mine works out regularly and eats healthy (he’s type 1 diabetic). It’s one of those things we originally bonded on because it’s important to both of us. I’ve been a vegan/vegetarian for 9 years, so I’ve heard it all. But I think arming yourself with confidence and knowledge is the key. Be a constant student of nutrition and fitness and never gloat or use it to make others feel bad. Being an example by what you do and not just what you say is powerful!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 4, 2011, 5:16 pm

    My coworker doesn’t seem to understand what being a vegetarian is, and is always asking me ‘Why can’t you eat chicken? Why can’t you eat beef?’ Today, I wore a skirt and she looked at me and said ‘When you wear a skirt, you don’t look big at all!’ I’d like to think it was the language barrier, not an insult… 🙂

  • Jess January 4, 2011, 5:21 pm

    My best friend and I were smoke buddies. We’d sit on my porch 2-3 nights a week, down a bottle of wine and smoke a pack of cigarettes. When I decided to quit in October, I knew it was going to be hard. I knew I was going to miss it, and miss those nights on my porch. My best friend has been verbally supportive, “I’m so proud of you,” that sort of thing, but when we’re together she always wants to know, “can’t you just come sit outside with me and chat while I smoke?” I don’t think she realizes how much it hurts me to sit there and engage in our favorite past time while I silently have to be strong willed. I don’t think she does it on purpose, but our friendship has suffered from it. I couldn’t even hang out with her for most of the first month. It’s sad but the people most important to you are also the least likely to believe in you sometimes. 🙁

    • Caitlin January 4, 2011, 5:24 pm

      That is so hard! You need to establish a new non-drinking/smoking tradition with your BFF!!!

      • Jess January 4, 2011, 5:27 pm

        True! We’re going for manis/pedis tomorrow, I hope this is one that sticks! 🙂

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) January 4, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Tree is my favorite, too. 🙂

    I recently started dating a guy who is really thin but eats whatever he wants and doesn’t gain weight. It’s frustrating because I can’t eat the same way but I feel weird if I ate completely different meals than him when we’re together.

  • Kaitlin January 4, 2011, 5:24 pm

    I LOVE tree pose too! I’ve encountered some resistance, but luckily my friends are smart enough to look at my decisions in a positive light. Additionally, I even had one friend support my goal to stop drinking so much this year by making the same pledge!

  • Camille January 4, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I am loving the idea of roasting veggies in an Indian flavored sauce! I love Indian food but I never get around to making it 🙂

  • Lee January 4, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I do feel like I get a lot of, “ewww, what are you eating?”

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 4, 2011, 7:14 pm

    My friends all understand my healthy lifestyle, but I do get some negative comments from my family sometimes. I wish they would try to understand where I’m coming from because it would make things a lot easier!

  • Nikki M January 4, 2011, 7:15 pm

    My family refers to Hummus as the “H” word! It was hard when I first told them I decided to go veggie, but now they see that it just wasn’t a phase and that this is who I am. It does get easier with time. 🙂

  • Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 4, 2011, 7:30 pm

    The things people say sometimes, right? I just read somewhere a list of worst things to say to pregnant women, including “Girls steal your beauty…you must be having a girl!” Sometimes it’s just plain better to keep your mouth shut.

  • Charlie January 4, 2011, 7:54 pm

    I went at my father’s for Christmas and they were not very supportive. He had a lot of arguments against vegetarianism – unfortunately for him, I had arguments too ;). My godmother thought it was funny that my father didn’t have the last word with me :P.

    And that lunch looks incredible.

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 4, 2011, 7:57 pm

    1. that lunch looks amazing
    2. My friends totally make fun of me all the time for me keeping to my healthy habits, and tease me for exercising and stuff when on vacation. BUt I don’t have a good time at the beach and stuff if I’m feeling flabby and full….so I just stick to what makes me happy and now they are stopping all the teasing, and actually asking for advice.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit January 4, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Your lunch looks awesome!
    I sometimes get sarcastic remarks even from good friends about my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, and they seem like they’re trying to be funny but maybe there’s a little bit of a sneer behind the comments.

  • Allison January 4, 2011, 8:11 pm

    I’ve always been fairly small, and I always get the dismissive “Oh, you don’t understand what it’s like to struggle with weight, you’re so tiny!” I don’t think people realize that it’s really hard to choose the right things.

    I’m lucky in that my husband is the best support ever. I’m on a vegan cooking kick for a week and my meat-and-potatoes guy has eaten every dish with a smile and no complaint!

  • Ashley January 4, 2011, 8:21 pm

    Tree pose are one of my favorite yoga moves, too! : )

  • Claire January 4, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Interesting question. My husband gets negative comments from his predominately female working environment (a government office job that has a high ratio of middle aged women in his section). He is a body builder and is asked ‘when will you eat normally?’, ‘one piece of cake won’t hurt’ etc. We’ve been together 12 years and in that entire time, he has eaten clean, healthy food and simply doesn’t crave junk.

    I’m more of an 80/20 eater, I’m super healthy most of the time but will eat junk sometimes. We work out together and are both incredibly fit. I’m tough on my children with food choices (no junk in the house etc) but do allow them treats and relax at relatives/friends houses.

    My family has always been supportive, to the point where they will go out of their way to cook clean foods for my husband for dinners together etc.

    I’ve never struggled with negative comments at work, people are always interested in what I’m eating if its a little different but otherwise they don’t seem to care! Can’t say I care what others eat.

    I don’t know that negativity is a reflection of insecurity of others necessarily, I think it might be a lack of understanding. It’s amazing how many people have zero idea about nutrition. And we tend to think food=celebration/good times and if people aren’t participating then it actively prevents them from having a good time. Social perception rather than jealousy drives negativity in my experience.

  • Florence January 4, 2011, 11:56 pm

    I’m a student at UCI and I’m working on an article about the subculture of food bloggers. I am incorporating, also, some parts of the healthy food blogging subculture into the article as well (I hope).

    As you are an author, creator of operation beautiful, and a HFBlogger, I feel you would be a wonderful person to incorporate into my article.

    As such, I was wondering if you would be interested in answering a few questions via e-mail (since I live in California) =P

    I would love to hear your responses!
    Let me know if you’re interested 🙂

    Thank you!

  • Beatrix January 5, 2011, 12:16 am

    Lunch looks divine.. could almost be a dinner meal too… and yes, chatarangas are tough. I struggle with them too. Good luck with your yoga.Practice makes perfect.

  • Julia @ Brides Up North January 5, 2011, 5:26 am

    Good topic. The main problem I come up against is the pressure to drink socially. There is a real pressure here in the UK to have big boozy nights out- and I have had enough!

    Julia x

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 5, 2011, 8:42 pm

    My co-workers used to “turn their nose up” at my food but now they ask more (good) questions than anything. One of my co-workers even started making dinner during the week even though her husband had been doing it for 10 years!

  • Amber K January 6, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I usually get resistance from family, support from my husband and best friend, and indifference from acquantainces.

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