This just happened again for the hundredth time, so I have to write about it.
I’ve mentioned before that I was going to try and refrain from talking about people I work with, but I’m not going to mention anyone in particular here. Not like Lou Ferrigno last time.
Where I work, there is a kitchen/break room of sorts where people go to get coffee, sodas, shake the vending machine, and heat up their lunches in the microwave, etc.
Whenever I prepare my lunches, or snacks, someone says one of the following quotes to me- or some variation -every single time:
WOW! That looks so good! Did you make that?”
“Someone’s eating healthy today!”
“You’re so healthy!”
I just… I just don’t know what to say to them. I don’t know how to respond to that. I know what I’m thinking, and what I would like to say, but I would never. So, I just say “Thank you”.
The thing is, compared to their fast food that they just picked up, or their Lean Cuisine or South Beach Diet frozen dinner that they are waiting in line at the microwave to nuke, yes, my lunch is much better in many ways. Honestly, if I just had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it would be better than a lot of their meals. Those frozen dinners may have some veggies in them, but i’m not sure how many of their nutrients survived the preperation, manufacturing, and shipping process. Plus they have loads of preservatives and sodium.
So today I just heated up some left-overs from last night. Steamed broccoli, mashed sweet potato, stir fry (zuccini, squash, red peppers), along with a hard boiled egg.
Now, I’m not trying to brag by any means. I don’t cook as much as I’d like to, but I do cook. I also admit that I have the occasional Amy’s frozen dinner for lunch.
But the people that say these things act like I re-invented the wheel by bringing in real food. It’s just funny to me. Basically, anytime i’m about to eat something that looks like I prepared it at home, or if there’s anything green on my plate, or if my food is not drenched in cheese or some kind of cream sauce, I hear those comments.
They’ll say something like:
You must like to cook!”
The truth is, I do, but mostly only because it’s more affordable and healthier than eating out, or having “prepared” foods.
I’ll have a plate of fresh fruit in the afternoon, and someone will say:
That looks great! Where did you get that?”
Uhhh… the grocery store?
Why is this so difficult?
My point is, every one of these comments make it sound as though they wish they could have what I am having. Instead, they act as though they feel they have to settle for their microwavable slop. They suddenly hate what they are about to have for lunch because they have now seen that it is possible to prepare a good lunch for themselves. They also feel they have to snack on vending machine fare. Even though I was running late for work this morning, it literally took me about 3 minutes to wash and cut up some fruit.
Is this rocket science?