Dealing with your family and friends is hard, especially when you’re in a close-nit setting with them such as I was today.
I was eating breakfast with my family and I got a little bit of questioning and negativity from my brother. Everyone else was eating soft boiled eggs and toast. What did I eat? Sirloin steak and brasil nuts: much in line with Charles Poliquin’s meat and nuts breakfast – it fuels me for the day and means that I have a more positive functioning brain in the mornings, instead of being sluggish on carbs that I used to be.
He commented saying “Oh, you’re protein loading now are you?” and “Steak for breakfast! What are you like!?” And I found it all kinda funny (it was all said in a disbelieving/condescending tone). He’s used to the cereal or toast thinking that a lot of society pushes as a great, healthy breakfast, and he’s got a bit of a beer belly so I take his comments with a pinch of salt.
Society’s thinking of healthy: Look at the photo below that I took in a local Tesco near me: the cafe promotes carbs and sugar (porrige & Tropicana) as a ‘healthy breakfast’. To me that is silly and wrong.
I didn’t attempt to correct my brother’s thinking, but to correct his understanding of ‘protein loading’ that I had never heard of but that carb backloading was a legitimate term that he might have mistaken it for and used his own assumptions (common with a lot of people who don’t research things).
It did make me chuckle afterwards and now as I write this. The amount of negativity that comes from friends and family is massive. It might not be a lot all at once, but small comments here and there of you not fitting into a ‘box’ or conforming to what is seen as ‘normal’ in society can have a negative impact on your journey. I know it used to have an effect on my journey a few years ago.
I’m going to love the raised eyebrows and confused looks when I start taking all of my supplements next week. That’s going to be interesting when I’m out for a meal with people who just don’t get it, and I’m cheerfully looking forward to it.
Here’s a quote that I love: