What ‘DO’ you eat? or should I ask what ‘DON’T’ you eat? or even ‘HOW’ do you eat it? If you’re one of these people who actually ‘cares’ about what you eat (or where it came from) then you’ve probably been questioned about what you eat!? Or rather… what you ‘don’t’ eat!? Maybe people ask your advice about certain foods? What do vegetarians eat for protein? How does a vegan get calcium? Is brown rice better than white rice? Is fruit sugar bad for you? How do I go dairy free? Does buckwheat have gluten in it? Have you heard of the ‘(insert current fad)’ diet!? BUT…
likely is ‘MOST’ people don’t judge! It’s your Life. It’s your Diet. It’s your Health (see what I did there)! 😛 Of course, it’s okay to have an opinion and you can decide to exclude certain foods if it is right for ‘your’ body and ‘your’ lifestyle. 🙂 So what do you do when someone questions your decisions?! Last week, not once, but twice, on two separate occasions I was questioned! No. Not by my close friends. No. Not by family. But by two complete strangers! Were the questions thought provoking? Not really – because I know my reasons for my diet. Not really – because their arguments were not very strong. Not really – because to challenge my thoughts you need to get through my stubbornness! 😛 Those of you who know me, will know that once something is in my head, that’s what goes!
So, the first encounter didn’t really bother me – I was pre-warned! Yes, the waiter actually said I want to ask you something when you’ve finished eating (obviously I was questioning the menu items to check they were suitable to eat).
The second time however shocked me. A LOT!!! Don’t judge! You eat what you want. You eat how you want. Put your opinions and reasons across. Don’t judge! ‘I’ WILL eat what ‘I’ want. ‘I’ WILL eat how ‘I’ want! It is NOT your place to tell me what to do!!! Your diet works for you. My diet works for me. Advise but don’t pressure! Give knowledge but don’t force it on people. Don’t use shock tactics to scare people about diet. Don’t judge!
The moral to this is… eat what you think is best for you. Don’t force your ideas on others. Know when someone wants more information and guidance and offer it gently. If your ideas are wacky and out there, so be it, but keep them to yourself!!!