Is it difficult to do healthy things because no one else wants to do it with you? Do people argue with you when you explain why you want to maintain your health gains?
This really hit home with me when I read a recent blog from Mark's Daily Apple titled: I feel better than I ever did in my life.
The writer said she was almost divorced when she got healthy and her closest family members got sicker. I hate to see people suffer. Of course, no one wants to see their loved ones suffer, but it's a tricky situation.
I have many practice members who tell their friends when they are going to the chiropractor the response is, "What's wrong with you?" When they explain they don't have any major problems, the idea of maintenance falls on deaf ears.
I was ridiculed for running so much. I really liked to run. I wondered why people don't ask me questions out of curiosity? Why do the comments have to be so mean?
So, if you have a devoted work out partner, you are very lucky.
Diet is another emotionally charged subject. I was reading a DietDoctor.com poll on Facebook asking people what is the strangest comment they've heard from people regarding their low carb/keto life style.
One person mentioned how she was doing with intermittent fasting and someone told her it sounded too expensive.
Another person said friends don't ask her to eat at restaurants anymore and another is left out of vacations because their choices are too problematic.
How about the person who has quit smoking? Many typical activities are now off limits in order to avoid temptation.
Why do we feel less support? Why do we have to turn to internet friendships when those closest to us don't share our enthusiasm?
I don't have many good answers to the why question. But I can offer support. If you are a practice member at my office, you are not alone. There are plenty of folks who have goals that are similar to yours. You'll find it in the waiting room. So, don't be shy. Strike up a conversation.
See you soon.
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