By Monica McCarthy
Can’t we all just get along?
That’s the question I’m asking of all health minded foodies today. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing a trend of I’m right, you’re wrong these days when it comes to what we put on our plate.
Food is very personal. I totally get it. There’s a natural tendency to feel defensive when we hear someone else espouse a different dietary philosophy than our own.
I also understand the desire to “convert” others to our own way of thinking. After all, if I feel like how I’m eating can help other people, and even the world at large, then it’s natural that I’d want to share that information.
But I’ve learned a few valuable lessons when it comes to talking to people about food.
You catch more bees with honey. If you really feel in your heart of hearts that how you eat is the absolute best way to eat, then great! Just remember that being aggressive, haughty, or downright rude is probably not going to get you the results you are looking for when speaking with others about your decisions.
Nutrition is a complex and emerging science. From superfoods to phytonutrients, scientists are learning more and more about the foods we eat everyday. Which leads me to my next point.
Stay informed. Follow reputable food blogs, read the health journals, ask questions from people who are qualified to answer. Knowledge is power.
Decide what’s most important to you. Why do you eat the way you do? For weight loss? Animal welfare? Environmental impact? Just remember that everyone has their own reasons and these may not be the same as yours, so some arguments can sound as if people aren’t even speaking the same language.
Lead by example. Are you passionate about juicing? Host a juice-tasting party. Do you advocate local, seasonal foods? Organize a trip to the nearest farmers market with your community. What you do can speak volumes more than what you say.
Here at the Reboot family we are passionate about helping people increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet. That’s the bottom line for us. So whether you are a carnivore, raw foodist, macrobiotic enthusist, ayurvedic guru, or anything else in between, you are welcome here.
Remember: Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandi
(And eat more plants!)