A new way of feeding your body may be a spark for a lot of people in your circle. You may set a new standard of health for others to aspire to. Your choices may also draw negative attention and cause others to go outside of how they would normally relate to you.
That salad you brought to the family picnic, all that kale and crunch, yeah, that greenery may be cause for some to begin a negative campaign against your new healthy outlook.
Before we really get into a rant about this, lets pull it apart a bit and look inside.
If you come from a food-centric family or group of friends and there have always been certain types of foods enjoyed together it often becomes a part of people in a way. Don’t ask us the psychology of it, but in our observation of side-eyed looks and sneers, people tend to identify with their food traditions. Going against this can be challenging.
We have observed that for some people this becomes an issue when a loved one takes a stand on a different food platform. When a comfort food eating family has a member choose Nutritarian eating it may actually feel as though they have lost you.
So, the next time your friends or family roll their eyes at your brown bag full of nutrient dense plant pieces or someone makes a joke about how you should eat a sandwich, just know that they really may just be having trouble dealing with the idea that you aren’t a member of the casserole club anymore but that you are still a piece of their heart. It can almost feel as though you are not only rejecting the food but them as well.
The same can happen when you are a member of a group of people that are all obese and unhealthy and then suddenly, you are healthy and thin. It shines light where some aren’t comfortable looking yet.
It can take some time to come around and realize that this new version of you is still you only healthier and aware.
It isn’t our place to compare lifestyles and foods and judge. It is our place to continue loving people while they adjust to the new us. That’s it.
Love your people.
Because you care about them, of course you will care what they eat but it doesn’t mean that you judge them for it. Love them. The more you love yourself and others the more the health in your life will overflow onto those around you.