Monday, February 27, 2012

Respecting Each Other

The cliche "different strokes for different folks" even rings true when it comes to our eating preferences. There are those who prefer to eat meat, dairy, eggs and other food groups.  Wonderful! There are those who prefer not to eat meat, but like to eat dairy, eggs, and other food groups. That's great! There are those who wish not to eat meat, dairy, and eggs, but do eat other food groups. Very good! Then there are those who follow variations of the previous ways that were mentioned. Cool! For whatever personal reasons people have to eat the way they choose, let it be so. No ands, ifs, and buts! People shouldn't be thought of as strange or weird for their choice of meal preference.

People of all walks of life deserve to be respected for choosing to eat meat, vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian (or semi-vegetarian. People are not in any less or better standing than their counterparts. God loves every one of His children equally, so we should love and respect each other no matter which way is chosen to nourish our bodies.

Whether a person chooses to eat meat on a regular basis or just once a week, or if a person chooses to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian, or if a person chooses to be a vegan, refining one's knowledge base of nutrition can be very helpful.  Even if you eat meat, there are tips and suggestions to eat more healthy, so that excessive intake of saturated fats can be kept to a bare minimum. Even if you eat lacto-ovo vegetarian style, there are tips and suggestions to eat more healthy. You can be a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but if you're eating a ton of cheese and drinking a lot of whole milk, then you're still consuming a high amount of saturated fat. Even if you are vegan, there are tips and suggestions to eat more healthy. Key nutrients need to be identified and made sure they are being taken in at the appropriate amounts.  In all variations, make sure you know what to do in order to maintain health.

To make sure you're on the right track to eating right, enlist the expertise of a registered dietitian to help you. Registered dietitians are your nutrition experts. They are all more than willing to help you achieve your health goals.

However, back to my main point. No matter if your friend, family member, relative, or co-worker eats a certain way, give them what they deserve.  Show them...respect. (& pay for their consultation visit to see an RD...haha...just kidding!) Strange looks or unkind comments will not go over very well when it comes to enjoying each others' company.

Do you have any interesting story to tell regarding people's reactions to the way you eat?

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