It's not easy to keep your mouth shut when you've finally learned ‘the right way' is it?
When you first began adding more Real Food into your diet, and you realized the power it can have to improve your quality of life, now and into the future, you wanted to tell everyone, right? Especially those you care about! And most likely, you certainly weren't able to feed your kids the nutritionless junk anymore that you used to not think twice about. Did going to Grandma and Grandpa's house get a little trickier? Traveling anywhere probably became a challenge?
I've been there. As much as I'm really not a food snob, the more I learned, the more I'm pretty sure I offended some people. I still have to be careful at times not to come off like the couple in this video (no wonder our oldest still throws an eye roll my way now and then):
These days I've toned it way down. Partly because of #3 at this post, 5 Ways Life Changes are All the Same, where I wrote that until someone is ready to make a change, your words likely won't make a difference anyway; and partly because I've probably matured a little, and realized that some things in life, like our relationships with those we love, are even more important than nutrition. Of course I still mess up now and then, but nobody's perfect. 🙂
Read a question that I received on my Facebook wall:
Help needed. My mother in law is no longer speaking to me because of the food choices I have made. I hurt her feelings. I'm nursing and eat real food. I need reports on why I eat this way. I'm not very articulate and they will not research themselves or believe me. Must shower them in facts.
I have a suggestion. Rather than showering them with facts, just shower them with love and LIVE your Real Food lifestyle. That's it. Don't lay it on thick, don't even lay it on. Until they're ready, they won't listen anyway and you risk pushing them away even more. I hope you'll apologize, even if you don't feel that you were wrong, because family is even more important than all of this. Try to tread more lightly in the future, while still feeding your own family Real Food. I know it's not easy, good luck!
What do you think? Is this good advice or no? Is nutrition worth alienating someone over?
I totally understand if you or your child have serious allergies. In those cases steering clear for a while may be in order. I'm just talking about everyday interactions and how you could possibly be a little more gentle. I still have a ways to go, too!
Do you have any examples, good or bad, to share with us?