I have found that many times when you transition to something different, there’s the chance that you will get questions from those closest to you. Sometimes those questions come with blank stares, head turns, and curled lips that ask things that can be pretty annoying or down right offensive. I can personally say, when I tell people I do not consume meat, they automatically think that all I eat is lettuce. Sometimes I laugh, because there are so many other wonderful options available that many are unaware of. Plant based is about so much more than not eating meat; it’s about exploring the many possibilities of how your mind and body can benefit from a plant based lifestyle.
Making the decision to make a diet and lifestyle overhaul is brave and doing it on your own can be tough enough. So what if you are surrounded by people who don’t support your choice at all? When you have to swim against a stream of arguments as to why you’re doing something, it can be tough.
It seems like the media has done a great job brainwashing people’s minds into thinking we need things that we really don’t; for instance,
- Meat and eggs for protein
- Dairy for calcium
- Fish for omega 3 fatty acids
- things to be happy
There are so many others…Not the Case! There are so many other wonderful options and avenues. The point I want to get across is that people should be encouraged to spend time learning about what works for them, exploring options, and getting in tune with themselves.
So how do you deal with those who have negative views about your plant based lifestyle?
1. Forgive them; think about it, why would it be such a big deal to someone that you are exploring something that is better for you? Sometimes people just have limited information.
2. Don’t be defensive; if people have questions, answer them (if they are inquisitive about the plant based life) and then move on. Just because they are negative does not mean you have to be. Sometimes the curled lips are confusion, even insecurities. Keep in mind, those do not have to be your feelings.
3. Be strong and focus on your why, and do not be moved by others, especially if their views do not work for you.
4. Remain positive, just like many other changes in your life, sometimes some people just won’t understand, and it may not be for them to understand.
5. Remember to do something for you; celebrate your transitional milestones. You deserve it!