Can I be honest with you all? I am getting tired of being put in situations with free pizza.
Me, miss I LOVE PIZZA. Miss Pizza is the BEST. I am falling out of love with pizza faster than Taylor Swift can write a song about it. Not because it's a "bad food" or a trigger food or anything else. But because I'm starting to realize that it's become a go to food whenever a large group is present because people take zero thought and order it. And that is why I'm tired of being put in situations with free pizza. When I have decided to abstain from pizza I have gotten the DIRTIEST looks. I don't know why - more pizza for you right? Dairy is not my friend and makes me feel like garbage, so I'm lucky enough to actually have a legit excuse for not eating it. But why do I *have* to have an excuse for what I put in my mouth? Pizza parties just are one of the things that become WAY more of an event than they should once you decide to really change your diet.
Food is not just fuel in our society - it's social. It's a date. It's love and camaraderie. It's how we say hello to a new neighbor, goodbye to a friend leaving town, and YAY at a celebration. Changing what you eat - eliminating certain foods or making a conscious decision to eat a certain way most of the time - means that you start picking and choosing what events you go to, what situations you want to be in and eventually who you spend your time with. You and your friends who like to drink go drinking. Your friends who are foodies go foodie-ing. And you and your friends that workout hit the gym together. If you are lucky, these groups all cross over and yay! But it seems for many of us who are making a dramatic life shift, that seems to not be the case.
I certainly know that there are certain people/groups where I get NO flack about my diet choices. Others where it's like ugh, really? Or where everything is about food all day every day. I tend to just not go to the later events because I just don't want to be bothered. I don't want to explain myself, don't want to feel like I'm in the wrong. So I just drift naturally towards the path of least resistance. Places where nobody bothers me and may actually be on the same path as me. I've posted before about being torn about this. People get after me for not showing up to things....but then get after me for bringing my own food, lol. It's a hard balance and deciding what is special enough to change your diet is hard. Hard because you really don't want to be a bother, hard because you don't want to insult people, and hard because you know after eating so clean certain foods just do NOT sit well anymore. But in general, what happens is that your friends start to change. They say you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with and I can say with certainty that 2011 Kim's 5 looks a little different than 2013 Kim. Not because the people have changed, but because I have.
And that's not a bad thing.