The first official day of summer is 14 days away! On that day, I assume it’ll magically stop looking like a scene from Twilight outside and I’ll stop fantasizing about moving to California every 5 minutes (maybe it’ll switch to every 15).
On that day, I assume, I’ll drink this:
And do this:
(Yes, that was just an excuse to show you some stuff I liked on Pinterest.)
Summer also means potluck time. I always get kinda stressed out about what to bring to these things. Specifically, do I go healthy or “standard”? What is everyone else doing?
Who’s gonna be the person to show up with the dip-less veggie tray when everyone else brings chips, cookies, pasta, and beer?
Who’s gonna boldly reveal their healthy-foodie side and show up with something quinoa-based, agave sweetened, or somehow discretely “lightened up”?
And when friends politely rave over it and act shocked when they find out what it does or doesn’t have in it, how many of them will be secretly thinking, “ugh. The health freak strikes again.”
I get it—it does taste good. To people who are used to eating that way. But to others, there might be no mistaking the fact that we cleverly swapped sugar for applesauce. And the last thing we want to do is give the impression that healthy eating means bland, sacrificial eating.
So the question on my mind today is: How do you share your healthy lifestyle with people without turning them off?
I’m probably a little extra sensitive to this because of this blog. Almost everyone I know knows about the blog, or could easily find it (yikes), and I don’t want them thinking, “Uh, oh, the healthy chick is here with her carrot sticks…judging all our food…” Not that I’m crazy healthy-food-centric at all, but it can be easy to assume things based on my blog title.
But even before I started blogging, I’d be a little nervous about bringing something “healthy” to a party. I didn’t want to come off as aloof, like “check out me and my super refined taste.” And I certainly didn’t want anyone who brought less healthy choices to feel like they had to make fun of themselves for it, as in “oh, look at you with your dainty little caprese bites while I’m rolling in with this massive cheesecake.”
So what do you think? Is there a careful balance you need to strike in front of friends, to avoid setting off their health-freak-dar, or do you just let your freakiness flag fly?
Do you, say, balance a super healthy choice with a more traditional one? Do you try to set a good example, or go out of your way to show that you can indulge too?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Also, please help:
What’s your go-to food item for potlucks?