Rumor has it, among members of my family, that I restrict my diet more than necessary, and that I could eat what they eat, if I just would. In response, I would like to express that I AM NOT DEPRIVED!! Far from it!! In fact, I can and do eat ANYTHING I WANT. It just happens that I love low-fat whole starch based foods and I do not like anything fatty or animal sourced.
I love and crave the foods I eat - that is why I eat them. The foods I do not eat is because I don't like the taste or their effects. ... Likewise, I do not eat or like the taste of sewage.
To be honest, however, in some respects, I am deprived. I am deprived of the effects of the foods they eat: I am deprived of cardiovascular disease - even though I possess the genes that promote it. I am deprived of gastric diseases. I am deprived of arthritis, joint degeneration, pain and inflammation - even though I inherited the genes for those traits. I am deprived of tiredness, macular degeneration, cataracts and premature aging. I am deprived of the need for prescription drugs. I am deprived of any diabetic conditions - even as a Type-1 diabetic.
It is interesting, however, that those who believe that I deprive myself of the foods they eat - they equally deprive themselves of the foods that I eat.