We are all different. I know that is not a news flash, but it still needs to be said. We are all different in many ways. Even identical twins are different from each other. My husband loves seafood and I do not. He likes sports and I do not. Our tastes in many areas are different than each other. That is OK. We were not all meant to be just alike. I have noticed a trend lately and have seen it in many different areas. I see people either making fun of others or trying to make them feel stupid because they don’t think like that person does on a topic. They portray themselves as experts when thy are not.
I will get to how this is being done in the food area in a minute, because that is mainly what I am writing about. I want to share some other ways I see this played out. I recently talked to someone who felt that if you lived in a big house, you were doing something wrong. They live a very simple life in a small home. There are some ladies who only wear skirts and dresses. Some of them look down on other ladies who wear pants. It can show up in music styles, types of church, doctrine and so many other areas. Sometimes people don’t even know how they come across. We are all different. Different does not mean wrong!
There are many ways to eat or “diets” you might call them. There is Paleo, Low Carb, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Weston Price & Nourishing Traditions, etc. How you and your family eat is YOUR business. How I and my family eat is MY business. I have had several people tell me that I should not eat wheat or other grains. Now, some have asked me if I have tried cutting them out of my diet, or have asked me to try. I don’t mind that. I will post something on the Facebook page and someone will respond with a comment like, “WE don’t eat that!” That is OK to not eat that, but it is OK for the one sharing to eat it. Some people have gone gluten free because they want to cut wheat and some other grains out of their diet. Others cut out gluten because they have Celiacs and it makes them sick. We don’t know about every person in another family. I know some people who eat some stuff I would not, but they feel like it is OK for them. Do I have a right to impose my eating plan on them? NO!! I have known people that eat lots of junk food and then complain about all the sickness that happens in their family. I may suggest making some changes in their diet, but I am certainly not going to tell them what to do.
We need to think about what we say or what we write. Instead of saying things like, “We eat Paleo because it is the correct way to eat.” How about just sharing that your family eats Paleo. It may be the correct way to eat for YOUR family. Share what you do and just leave it at that. Don’t add anything that makes it seem like yours is the only way. Don’t look at people who are different than you and think that your way is THE WAY and that they fall short of that. Give each other grace.
Do you see any of this going on in conversations around you, or is it just me?