Yesterday, wow, I sort of mindlessly posted on my Facebook page (find me as Robyn Openshaw-Pay or GreenSmoothieGirl) a group called “No More Blood On My Plate.”
Wow. The response that followed could only be described as a war. I didn’t even participate in the discussion. (The whole conversation was just NOT. MY. STYLE. But let’s just say that between those who did, it was . . . heated.) This leads me to repeat something I learned in my 20’s, as I started trying to share my nutrition philosophies with some of my in-laws. The point isn’t that they were my in-laws; the point is that I was sharing information they didn’t ask for. Unsolicited ADVICE giving is probably how they saw it, regardless of whether I felt my motives were pure and didn’t feel I was telling anyone what to do–just sharing things I’d learned. Wanted to help people I knew were suffering from modern degenerative diseases.
I learned something important. NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, is more emotional for us than food. Our opinions about food are sacred cows. As deeply held as our religion and politics. People come to the GreenSmoothieGirl.com program only when they (a) were already primed for information about whole foods by their life experience, or (b) have come to a difficult or even desperate place, health-wise, and are frustrated by what’s available (read: NOT available) in modern medicine to help them. As I’ve said in one of my books, when a student is ready, a teacher appears.
Anyway, I was dismayed at the Facebook war. Fact is, as I am working to teach my 13-y.o. vegetarian daughter, we can’t bludgeon somebody to death about our dietary opinions and win a single convert. (Some in the discussion were talking about “forcing” your food views on others, etc.)
Be a CONSCIOUS plant eater. If you’re following 12 Steps to Whole Foods, you’re getting what you need. If you’re a vegan eating Diet Coke and Twinkies, you’re in trouble. Being gentle with the earth and avoiding killing animals is great, but let’s take it up a level and also eat what nourishes us best. That’s what the Word of Wisdom is about.