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I am so sick of people acting like I am out of my mind for trying to eat healthy. Everyday at work people crowd around my desk to ask "WHAT ARE YOU EATING NOW?" Half the time it is just salad or something, why is that so amazing? I had soy milk in my cereal today and my coworker says "WHAT IS THAT? IT IS YELLOWWWW?????" I have been polite for the past month but now I am really getting fed up with the derogatory questions, nobodyhas any clue that the cows milk they are drinking is truly gross. Thanks for the vent.
 

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Just tell them, "If you don't quit criticizing my food, you're going to hear <b>exactly</b> what I think of yours, and <b>believe</b> me, you <b>won't</b> like it!" :snarly face:
 

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^^^ that's a good one.<br><br><br><br>
or "ask me again, and i'll barf in your food"<br><br><br><br>
or "why? what are you eating?"<br><br><br><br>
or "are you taking a survey?"<br><br><br><br>
or " why do you feel the need to ask me that every day?"
 

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I'd take a different approach. People don't know about your food - so be a commercial for it. Talk about how good it is, etc. Most questions are curious. Even if they are meant in a somewhat mean way, there's no better way to get them back than with a genuine response. You're a more fun target for people if you get upset about it, so stop getting upset about it. And don't stoop to their level and criticize their food, then YOU'LL be the bad guy, and no one will have learned anything.
 

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How about being proactive instead of reactive: Make some delicious vegan snacks and desserts and bring them in to share. Don't tell anyone that they're vegan until they've eaten everything, then spring it on 'em. Tell them that if they liked it, you'll be happy to make them more. I dare anyone to refuse you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:">
 

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Dont worry, I have family members that do that to me. It is very aggravating, but you just have to deal with it. Just tell them what your eating as if it doesnt bother you. If they knows it bothers you, chances are that they will do it more. I agree, you should bake some vegan cookies etc.
 

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I get this at every lunchtime at work. Most of them are really quite fascinated. But sometimes I do hate the attention. It would be nice to just sit down and eat and not be grilled with twenty questions. But I just suck it up or if I really don't feel like being interogated, I go home for lunch! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I would go into long long details on what I am eating and they would get SOOOO bored that they will never ask you again. I'd go into the nutritional value of everything; read up on the history of all the veggies and stuff (the history of fruit and vegetables can be quite fascinating actually, but you'll have to try and make it boring); I would tell them how many grams of everything you are eating (make it up if you don't know).<br><br><br><br>
Like if you've got green salad in your plate, you can tell them ALL the names of the different salads (check this up on the internet) and tell them which one you're eating and why you like it more than the others (or why you don't like it more than the others). If you've got some tofu, explain to them that there are two different ways of making tofu...<br><br><br><br>
You're going to have to do a bit of research but researching what one is eating is a very good thing to do so you are only going to get Wiser in the process.<br><br><br><br>
If that doesn't work, I would suggest a quick "f*ck off.. can't you see I'm trying to EAT?????????"
 

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Go to the dollar store.<br><br><br><br>
Buy a squirt gun.<br><br><br><br>
Fill it with water.<br><br><br><br>
Pack it in your lunch.<br><br><br><br>
Next time someone asks you about your food squirt them in the face.<br><br><br><br>
Eventually people will make the connection between making an annoying sound and being shot in the face with water and will stop.<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
TJ
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I'm afraid most humans are not as intelligent as cats, TJ.<br><br><br><br>
If the squirt gun doesn't work, you could just reply:"Food. Humans like you and me need to process food in order to maintain life. Why do find this so fascinating?"
 

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I used to get that a lot when I was working-now I'm at home with the kids and nobody cares what I eat. I don't have anything good to offer. Omnis think it's ok to give vegetarians a hard time, but don't like anyone to ask about THEIR food. I found, though, that my co-workers eventually became more receptive to it. When I moved away, they all wanted the recipe for the beans and polenta I brought to work every day.
 

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I get this daily. The guys I work with aren't mean about it, but they have a game called "Guess What Jamie Eats". I almost cheer when this game doesn't happen cause I like to just eat in peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"> I find debating goes nowhere, I have tried it and then had to talk to the person 1 on 1 cause I didn't like how they were talking to me during the debate. I just don't bother anymore.
 

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Do you have an iPod or a cd player that you can take and listen to during lunch? Lots of times I don't feel like socialising at lunch so I listen to music and read a book.
 

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I think most of the time the reason people do that (so many questions, comments, rolling eyes) when you're eating differently than they are is that they feel you must think they are foolish for eating the way they do (so they feel defensive), and that you must think you're better than they are for making the choices you do. Just tell them you're exploring different foods/ideas and if they keep bugging you I'd follow Diana's advice and give them a long dialog about each food you're eating! However you never know maybe under some of those questions a real interest in alternative food choices may be there for them!
 

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That does get annoying after a while. I just chalk it up to human nature--we're usually afraid of what we don't know or understand. So, I politely answer their questions and try to change the subject. It's rude for them to bug you about what they're eating, but it doesn't contribute to a healthy work environment if you make snarky comments or are rude back--past experience has just taught me that it makes things worse.
 

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Tuscan bean soup (you know you have to get your five a day in) with homemade organic multi grain bread<br><br>
gorgeous vegetable fajitas<br><br>
spinach salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and organic feta cheese<br><br>
potato salad loaded with roasted red peppers, celery, spring onions and black and green olives<br><br>
Today's lunch is sechzuan tofu stir fry with a small serving of chopped cashew nuts, baby sweetcorn, snowpeas, thinly sliced onion and asparagus tips.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and my homemade blueberry crumble really got them, they were hovering when they smelled that -- they couldn't believe it was low fat either<br><br><br><br>
Why do you need to eat meat?<br><br><br><br>
I'm off over to the fruit and veg stand across the street to get some nectarines now.
 

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^^^ I use the describe-in-sensuous-detail strategy if people seem curious, interested, or even fearful, but the OP described people who are continually derogatory about it. I would get fed up with what she described pretty quickly and switch to a less-nice response.
 

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I am so sick of people acting like I am out of my mind for trying to eat healthy. Everyday at work people crowd around my desk to ask "WHAT ARE YOU EATING NOW?" Half the time it is just salad or something, why is that so amazing? I had soy milk in my cereal today and my coworker says "WHAT IS THAT? IT IS YELLOWWWW?????" I have been polite for the past month but now I am really getting fed up with the derogatory questions, nobodyhas any clue that the cows milk they are drinking is truly gross. Thanks for the vent.</div>
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I totally empathize with you... I STILL get asked. I usually reply "food" and keep eating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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