Maybe I’m just looking for someone else to talk behind their back about. I have a new co-worker story…
This co-worker happens to be one of the people that was also shocked at my previous co-worker’s eating habits, which she had those habits despite her obesity and new-found diabetes. She was my main “informer”, as she talked with her more than I.
This co-worker (we’ll call her… Jane) is quite open about her diet and habits.
Jane is one of those people that after practically every meal they complain that they either feel pain because they ate too much, or they are now incredibly sleepy. Usually it’s both. She also very regularly complains of a bloated feeling, probably due to excess gas build up caused by constipation. She has in fact told me that she is often constipated. Like I said, she is quite open.
I said that Jane “is one of those people” because I have known quite a few people like this. I used to be one of them, and that never ending cycle of being uncomfortable is what triggered me to look into changing my diet.
She refers to her chronic constipation as her “problem”. Since I’ve known her, I’ve always made casual suggestions that she should eat more fruit, get more fiber, exercise, etc. You know, the common stuff that anyone could learn by doing a quick search on the web for “constipation relief”.
So, she actually has been making some efforts to change, but most of these new habits are in vain, and are done in spite of sticking with some bad habits that she refuses to change. These “efforts” to change include eating fiber bagels (I wasn’t sure she was serious about those), digestion helping yogurt, and sometimes drinking a Slim-Fast type drink for breakfast. All of these things she doesn’t really enjoy eating, and like I said, she eats these things while the rest of her diet is probably the complete opposite of what someone would eat if hoping to relieve her problems.
So, getting to what she said to me…
She tells me about this idea called “Oil Pulling“ that she hopes may help her problem, and make her feel better in general. The idea is that you take this oil and put some in your mouth. You swish it around for a few minutes and spit it out. Somehow it’s supposed to absorb toxins, and heal you. (!!!)
If this isn’t a perfect example of modern day Snake Oil, I don’t know what is!
…And says that she thinks that it would be something I would be into, since I seem interested in health. She couldn’t be more wrong!
The minute I read what it was, I told her it was complete bullshit, and she said “Well I’m willing to try anything”.
ANYTHING she says!!!!
This is my stern, and very serious reply:
Jane, I can tell you right now how to fix your problem, without a doubt.
(She gets excited…) “What is it???”
You need to eat more fruits and vegetables, cut back on the dairy (especially cheese), stop drinking alcohol every night, drink more water, and exercise regularly. Nothing crazy.
(She gets this look on her face like she just ate a lemon) “Ehh… I love my cheese!”
So, “anything” clearly means:
“anything that is easy and allows me to continue my current habits”