When I first transitioned to a plant based lifestyle, I was totally evangelical about it. I may even go as far as saying that I was totally critical and harshly judgmental towards those who did not share my beliefs around food. I tried to pretend that I was just standing up for a cause, but in actuality, all I was doing was isolating myself.
I would often resent the fact that my dietary choices were always a topic for discussion, either while eating with friends and family or while just hanging out. I often just wanted everyone to ignore the fact that I was eating differently, because I constantly felt attacked by their questioning. I generally ended up feeling like I was some sort of victim, being criticized for my new, what I thought to be virtuous way of eating.
What I have come to realize over time, was that my criticism of others diets, opened the door for people to criticize me. I learned that as started to be less vocal, and less judgmental, just leading by example, the conversations I had with people became ones that were centered around genuine openness and curiosity, rather than defense.
I now feel that the more comfortable I am with my choices, the less I feel I need to defend them. I feel that people are far more open to learning when I am simply just living my life, rather than trying to get them to see my point of view. Let your light shine, (this BlueFlame Smoothie will help) and people will want to know what you are doing, no matter what the lifestyle choice.
- 3 ribs celery
- 1 orange
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 inch knuckle of ginger
- 1 handful basil
- 1 Cup of Water or Almond Milk
1. Peel the peel and discard the skin. (Peeling the ginger is optional – old ginger may have a thick skin and peeler is recommended.)
2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth!