On being a scandalous and saucy outcast for saying "no"
The commentary Obesity Is Officially a Disease, So Why Was My Child Diagnosed As A Healthy Eater? reminded me of comments my blog readers have left about negative reactions from other parents in response to feeding your children wholesome and healthy snacks. It also isn't very different from the reactions I often receive when people find out I don't eat sugar and that I make dinner from scratch almost every night.
We're sometimes labeled elitists, food Nazis, snobs, fanatics, disordered or the one that makes me wince a little, bores. Surely we're all missing out if we're not eating out of a package! I see this reflected in reactions to Paula Deen's "cuisine" when people are quoted as stating that she is a down to earth "real" cook. Deviations from the norm of eating what's coming off the conveyor belts or not slathering, frying and laying the sauce on thick is somehow eating like a bird.
A culture of bullying and singling those out who are different isn't an excuse or reason to join the crowd to fit in which for me meant I could no longer could fit into my clothing from my healthy weight days! That was reason enough to go it alone and do it my way.
How do you respond to negative reactions to your positive steps to healthy eating?