Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Angi Abercrombie
Founder & Owner of: Abercrombie & Fitness
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Health & Fitness Writer
Titles and job descriptions are a sophisticated tangled web of ambiguous words to show folks what one does. We plaster titles on our social media pages, resumes and tout them on business cards. No matter who you are or what you do, you have some sort of title.
I have numerous unimportant titles, useful and useless experience and even some invaluable credentials. I’m a wife, daughter, sister, and mom. I also hold status as a certified personal trainer which has a plethora of job descriptions within itself. Some call me a health coach, lifestyle encourager, FITness instructor, small business owner, wellness blogger, gym rat, chaos addict, terrible cook, laundry and clean up extrodionnair. However, under no circumstances will I ever be labeled Food Police.
For some strange reason, the mass public equates my job title with food monitor. I draw the line because y’all I ain’t no lunch lady!
Citation number 1
1). Off Duty
I’m not anyone’s food monitor but my own! Contrary to what my “job” title might suggest, I’m NOT policing anyone’s food order or intake…ever! When I’m off duty or on the job so to speak, I can assure you I’m not judging anyone’s food selections. It’s not even in on my radar. I’m out to have a good time, catch up with friends and eat drink and be merry. So please, take any weird guilt or food shame off the table because I’m completely punched out and off the clock.
I almost always eat healthily. The end. Whether I’m at home, dinner party or a restaurant I’m always going to order something healthy and most likely off the menu. I’m NOT doing this to draw attention to myself or to make anyone feel guilty. It is simply the way I operate. It is the lifestyle I live.
It’s a hassle before it’s a habit. ~Angi Abercrombie
I would never call anyone out, make a joke or harass their food choices. Chances are I might actually want a bite or a little tasty taste.
Citation number 2
Yes, I may be FIT and have a petite physique but I can put away the food. I workout so I can eat whatever the heck I want. Why do some people think it’s acceptable to make gregarious or crude jokes just because I finish my plate? (which I almost always do)
Why is it such a big deal that I lick the platter clean? “Dang girl…that was a giant plate of food. That chicken breast was huge but you managed to eat the whole thing. I bet you won’t eat for a week now.” Well, Mr. Know it all, you lose because I’ll eat again in about three hours if not sooner.”
It’s even worse if someone catches me eating pizza! “Oh boy, Angi’s eating pizza. She just finished her third slice.” “Oh never mind, you’re not REALLY eating pizza. No cheese, double chicken mushrooms and peppers…that’s not really pizza.”
Wow, who’s the food police now??? People actually lose their minds when I ask for a desert menu.
Now, what if the roles were reversed? What if I arbitrarily did in fact “police” eating habits? What if I issued a verbal citation or warning like this one… “Oh I see you got the Mexican dinner plate with double cheese, sour cream and guacamole…why don’t you just stuff it down your pants because it’s all going straight to your rear end?”
“Did you really just eat every last one of those super sized fries and suck down a large Mountain Dew, ok that’s cool because I’m sure now you won’t eat until next month.”
Y’all, I would be arrested and thrown into jail if I mimicked folks the way they hassle me about healthy eating choices. People actually in a negative tone approach me and say “you’re too small or too skinny.” What if I said, “you’re just too fat.” What if I said “Hey Pete, good to see ya, looks like you’ve stacked the pounds on since I saw you last!” UHHH I think not.
People ask me all of the time if I get tired of eating the same thing? My answer is short and sweet,
“No, I don’t!”
But, what if I changed my response to: “Do you ever get tired of eating the same processed fatty junk food?”
I hear the whispers when I order a healthy meal, “there she goes again eating all healthy and good.” What if I whispered, “I see she’s ordering the fatso plate with a side of 10 lbs AGAIN?”
I would never…
I’m here to serve, protect, humor and hopefully inspire. If you have an appropriate question about discipline and eating habits I’m eager to share my knowledge. I don’t have a problem talking shop at dinner or a party. I will gladly discuss workout, FITness and food anytime. When you’re ready to commit to a FIT lifestyle I’m here for you. When you are willing to do a hard time in the gym and in the kitchen I’ve got your back.
Love, peace and but I’m NOT the food police!
Article Credits: Angi Abercrombie
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor